When the Pilgrims arrived in America in 1620, they brought along supplies, a consuming passion to advance the Kingdom of Christ, a bright hope for the future, and the Word of God. Clearly, their most precious cargo was the Bible. Have you ever wondered what version of the Bible the Pilgrims brought to America on the Mayflower? Believe it or not, it was not the King James Version of 1611. It was actually the 1599 Geneva Bible a forgotten yet priceless treasure.
The Geneva Bible, printed over 200 times between 1560 and 1644, was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This superb translation was the product of the best Protestant scholars of the day and became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers, and historical figures of that time. Men such as Shakespeare, John Bunyan, and John Milton used the Geneva Bible, and it was reflected in their writings. During the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell issued a pamphlet containing excerpts from the Geneva Bible to his troops. William Bradford cited the Geneva Bible in his book Of Plymouth Plantation.
The Geneva Bible is unique among all other Bibles. It was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses and became the most popular version of its time because of the extensive marginal notes. These notes, written by Reformation leaders such as John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and others, were included to explain and interpret the scriptures for the common people.
For nearly half a century these notes helped the people of England, Scotland, and Ireland understand the Bible and true liberty. King James despised the Geneva Bible because he considered the notes on key political texts to be seditious and a threat to his authority. Unlike the King James Version, the Geneva Bible was not authorized by the government. It was truly a Bible by the people and for the people. You can see why this remarkable version with its profound marginal notes played a key role in the formation of the American Republic.
"The publication and promulgation of the 1599 Geneva Bible will help restore America's rich Christian heritage and reclaim the culture for Christ."- Dr. D. James Kennedy, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Posted by Anthony J Sevin on 28th Mar 2013
If anyone loves reading the Bible as I do, you must get.
Posted by Steven P. Schaufler on 8th Nov 2012
I've been reading the Geneva Bible for close to 20 years and it is my favorite version. However, it was never the easiest to read because previous versions were simply photocopies of original copies. Problems encountered with these copies are the quality of the copying, the difficult to read font, and the 17th Century spelling which takes some time to get used to.
This printing completely eliminates all of these issues and now makes the Geneva Bible not only a blessing, but also easy as reading your morning newspaper. God bless all those whose efforts went into publishing this edition.
Posted by Pete Peterson on 30th Oct 2012
I thought i was getting a Founders bible but instead got the bible the founders of our country read...i will save for next purchase
Posted by Matt Scrimshaw on 8th Oct 2012
No expense spared on this Bible. Beautifully put together and well worth the money.
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Aug 2012
The Geneva Bible is easy to read and very similar to the New King James Version. I especially like the footnotes. They help explain exactly who is doing what and why they are doing it. I would, however, like to have one in larger print.
Posted by Don Austin on 22nd Aug 2012
We are benefiting by referencing the Geneva Bible and the margin notes that were added by the Reformers. The Bible was purchased because folks wanted to do something to honor a lifelong Presbyterian on his 90th birthday.
We wish there was a larger print edition available.
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Aug 2012
I bought this Bible for two reasons-It came in leather and it had notes.
I am older and I intended this to be the last daily Bible I would own and I read in reviews that the notes were from men who once lived and it was carried and read by those who once lived.
I am disappointed that it no longer comes in Leather--I have been unable to discover if a used leather Bible with these notes are available somewhere. I deeply appreciate the notes. I am keeping it because of the notes--I worry about how the bonded leather will hold up because it is not good quality.
Posted by Ron Hall on 18th May 2012
Having cut my teeth on the Authorized Version, it is refreshing to see the thought that has gone into this reprint of the Geneva Bible. The typeset is pleasing to the eye and the formatting makes Scripture location easy and quick. The notes are informative without being intrusive. The translation, while not a modern one, inspires confidence. All in all, this is now my go-to Bible for study and memorization.
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