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Pennsylvania, the Bible statePennsylvania probably holds the record for places with Bible names. Many of the state’s early settlers were deeply religious Quakers, Amish, and German Reformed Christians who believed they were building a new "holy land" in America.
Congress Authorized and Funded Bible One year after the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress authorized Robert Aitken, printer to Congress, to print the first American Bible in the English language. It was the King James Version, but it omitted the traditional dedication page to the king (for obvious reasons).
The Liberty Bell A famous tourist attraction in Philadelphia, complete with its famous crack. The artifact from the American Revolution is inscribed with a quotation from the book of Leviticus (25:10): "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (kjv).
McGuffey's Readers William and Alexander McGuffey began publishing their "Eclectic Series" of textbooks in 1835, better known as McGuffey’s Readers. The books sold more than 120 million copies worldwide and have recently become popular again with home schoolers. The McGuffeys were devout Christians, and the Readers taught morals as well as language. Lessons in the Readers included "The Bible the Best of Classics," "Respect for the Sabbath Rewarded," and many other Bible–based moral lessons.
The Bible on America's map Every state in the union has numerous towns, villages, rivers, and other sites named for places in the Bible. The most popular Bible names are Bethel, Salem, Bethlehem, Athens, Abilene, Alexandria, Antioch, Bethany, Carmel, Goshen, Lebanon, Rome, Smyrna, and Zion. The largest city with a biblical name is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Bible Belt This term, usually used by those who frown on the Bible, used to refer to areas of the U.S. that took a conservative view of the Bible and believed its moral standards were still in force. The Deep South was usually thought of as the "Bible Belt." As more and more Americans relocate, "Bible Belt" now refers not to a place so much as a state of mind.