Cherokee Bible
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Cherokee Bible

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Cherokee Bible
Dates: after 1824
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1357

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1824, the first book of the Bible, the Gospel according to John, was translated into Cherokee using the alphabet developed by Sequoyah. In 1825, David Brown, a full-blooded Cherokee, translated the rest of the New Testament into Cherokee.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a duodecimo (one sheet with 12 leaves), which forms pages 73-96 of a Cherokee Bible. It is printed in the Cherokee language. The pages are uncut, and it is unknown which section of the Bible these pages come from. The date of this item is also unknown.

Index Terms

Bible. Cherokee.
Cherokee Indians.
Cherokee language.
Indians of North America--Religion.
Pages (components)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

Cherokee Bible, MS 1357, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Oklahoma Historical Society, 1972.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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1Item 1: Cherokee Bible, pages 73-96