The History of the Holy Jesus

The History of the Holy Jesus was published by John Green of New London, Connecticut in 1754. The book was published as a children’s book by an unknown author, who merely identifies himself as “a lover of their precious souls.” The twenty page booklet contains an introduction into how sin entered the world, followed by a brief account of Jesus’s birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven based on the Biblical interpretation of events. The book ends with a hymn, or prayer to God to accept salvation.
The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
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overall-open: 4 5/8 in x 6 3/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 16.1925 cm
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Copp Collection
Cultures & Communities
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Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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