Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book




United States




Printed on Paper


9.8 × 7.2 × 2.1 in. (25 × 18 × 5.3 cm)

Exhibit Location

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

Julia Evelina Smith was a linguist, women’s rights activist, and the first American woman to translate the Bible into English. She began work on her Bible in 1847 after becoming dissatisfied with the accuracy of other translations. Working with the original Greek and Hebrew texts, and consulting the Vulgate, she completed her Bible in 1855. However, she would not publish it until 1876, at the age of 84. Smith’s translation is characterized by its literalness, often at the expense of readability. She hoped it would help demonstrate the intellectual capabilities of women. It was later consulted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her colleagues as they prepared their controversial work, The Woman’s Bible.

Printed in 1876 by American Publishing Company, Connecticut. Acquired by 2009 by Gene Albert (Christian Heritage Museum), Hagerstown, Maryland; Purchased in 2019 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

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