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The unequaled quality and literary beauty of the King James Version made it, by 1690, the overwhelming Bible of choice in the English-speaking world.In 1640, Stephen Daye of Cambridge, Massachusetts, printed the first book in America, still extant, the New England version of the Psalms, commonly called the (Evans 4).



In Virginia, sermons of a prominent minister William Whitaker, were from the Geneva Bible.In the nineteenth century, the hub shifted from Pennsylvania to New York, where the American Bible Society was located.Innovations and technological advances allowed the printing and distribution of large quantities and a diverse array of Scriptures by the mid-nineteenth century.The Bibles, New Testaments, and Bible portions met the spiritual needs of America’s growing and ethnically changing population.

The Bible of the Pilgrims, who landed at Plymouth in 1620, was the Bible first published in Geneva in 1560.

The most famous and valuable early American Bible is a translation into the Massachuset (Natick) dialect of Algonquian by Massachusetts Congregational minister and missionary, John Eliot (1604-1690), published in Cambridge, Massachusetts.