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 Americas rich Christian heritage and reclaim the culture for Christ. -- Dr. D. James Kennedy, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
MickD (Submitted on 7th Nov 2014)
The 1599 Geneva Bible is my primary study Bible. However, I know some history of the Geneva Bible, and the 1560 edition did include the Apocrypha, as does the 1611 edition (original text) of the King James Version. It is good to have the Apocrypha on the CD edition of the 1599, although I do not study Apocrypha for doctrinal study. While I prefer my two print copies of the 1599 Geneva, the CD version is very useful for some purposes. I would recommend it as part of a collection.
Lillie (Submitted on 3rd Sep 2013)
It is an older version which doesn't start up when you put the CD in the drive.
It does verify a lot of facts about the time frame that it was used in which reveals the power of the Papal rule. Excellent information which explains why the King James Version became more popular as it didn't reveal all the information about the control that the Catholic church had over the people.
Also, it reveals that the Geneva Bible was the version that the pilgrims were using and brought over on the Mayflower.
chris (Submitted on 23rd May 2013)
I love it. You can bring up what you are studying on your computer instead of having to look through the bible to find it.
Two bibles had came with this cd but I got the patriot version which didn't. I thought that I would have to buy one of the other bibles to get it just because I wanted the documents that came with mine. I was so glad to see that they sold it separately on this site