Ein Versuch: der Geschichte unsers Herrn u. Heylandes Jesu Christi in dass Delawarische übersezt der Unami von der Marter Woche an bis zur Himmalfahrt unsers Herrn, 1770-1772


Date: 1770-1772 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 262 p.


This volume is the fifth part of a life of Jesus from Passion Week to Ascension, compiled from Gospel sources and translated from the German into the Delaware Indian language by Roth, who was a Moravian missionary at Sheshequim on the Susquehanna River. The manuscript was discovered in the house of Roth's son, Rev. John Rhodes, in 1831. Fly-leaf title: "Ein versuch, etc. The History of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from Passion Week to his Ascension to Heaven. Translated into the Unami Dialect of the Delaware Language in the years 1770 and 1772 at Tschektschequamink on the Susquehannah ... Translated by Mr. Rhodes."

Background note

Johann Ferdinand Roth worked as a Moravian missionary.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 262 p.


Presented by John Rhodes, 1832.

Early American History Note

This volume contains an account of Jesus' life that was translated into Delaware. Compiled by a Moravian missionary, the volume may lend insight into the proselytizing techniques of Moravian missionaries. MOLE contains an extended description of the volume and its background.

Indexing Terms

Family Name(s)

  • Jesus Christ.


  • Biographies.
  • Language Material
  • Manuscript Essays


  • Bible stories, German.
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Missionaries.
  • Native America
  • Religion