John Eliot
translated the Bible into an Indian dialect


John Eliot was an American missionary to the Indians of Massachusetts. He translated the Bible into an Indian dialect. Eliot was born in Hertfordshire, England, and came to America in 1631. He was made the teacher of the church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Eliot organized the first village of Indian converts at Natick, near Boston, in 1651. By 1674, he had 14 villages with more than 1,000 Indians under his supervision. But King Philip's War (1675-1676) scattered his converts.

Contributor: Charles H. Lippy, Ph.D., Leroy A. Martin Distinguished Prof. of Religious Studies, Univ. of Tennessee, Chattanooga.


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