Websters Dictionary 1828

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Noah Webster’s 1828 “American Dictionary of the English Language” was produced during the years when the American home, church and school were established upon a Biblical and patriotic basis. Webster, descended on his mother’s side from Pilgrim Governor, William Bradford of Plymouth Plantation, made important contributions to an American educational system which kept the nation upon a Christian Constitutional course for many years. The famous “blue-backed Speller, ” his “Grammars,” spearheaded the flood of educational volumes emphasizing Christian Constitutional values for more than a century. It is not surprising, therefore, that the 1828 “American Dictionary of the English Language” should contain the Greatest number of Biblical definitions given in any secular volume. Webster considered “education useless without the Bible” and while he cautioned against too extensive use of the Bible in the schools as “tending to irreverence” he reiterated, “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed.” Today when the Biblical basis for education is under systematic attack we need to capitalize upon the availability of our first American dictionary–the only dictionary in the world to “draw water out of the wells of salvation”–to utilize God’s written Word as the key to the meaning of words. Historically, it documents the degree to which the Bible was America’s basic textbook in all fields.

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Publisher

Foundation for American Christian Educati

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Author

Webster; Noah

Keywords

dictionary study reference book