New Testament in the Cherokee Language

Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book




New York (United States)




Printed on Paper


7.3 × 4.75 × 1 in. (18.6 × 12.1 × 2.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

On View in The Impact of the Bible, Bible in America

This Bible is the first full translation of the New Testament into Cherokee. This volume was collated and revised by Rev. Charles Torrey. Cherokee is the only southern Iroquoian language and differs significantly from the other Iroquoian languages because of its polysynthetic structure and unique syllabic writing system. Cherokee is one of the few Native American languages with an increasing number of speakers.

Printed in 1860 by the American Bible Society, New York. Acquired by a book dealer;[1] Acquired in 1998 by Andrew Stimer, Camarillo, California; Purchased in 2016 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Notes: [1] Andrew Stimer did not provide any additional information on the identity of the book dealer.

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