What is the Aitken Bible?
The Aitken Bible is a King James Version of the Bible that is historically important. Historians call it “The Bible of the American Revolution.” Published in 1782 by Philadelphia printer Robert Aitken, this one book claims three notable titles: 1) the only Bible approved by the United States Congress, 2) the only Bible recommended to Americans by our Founders, and subsequently, 3) the first English Bible made in America (as recorded in the Journals of Congress, September 12, 1782). By giving classrooms authentic reproductions of the Aitken Bible, along with lesson plans, we promote historic preservation through education. See History section.