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
Amy in Texas (Submitted on 29th Jun 2013)
I had purchased the Patriot Edition and enjoyed seeing the tie-in to the Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact. I find this 1599 edition much easier to use because the archaic use of a V where today we use a U has been updated and you get to just focus on delving into God's word before a king bent on tyranny dubbed "divine right to rule" got hold of it and corrupted some verses. Terrific resource to get to the heart of the word.
Alan Cooper (Submitted on 26th Jun 2013)
this is the Bible that founders of America had on the table when Writing the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. We were established as a Christian Nation as a "regathering of the 13 tribes" from Palestine through Europe to America.
Unknown (Submitted on 23rd Jun 2013)
I am very happy to own a copy of the 1599 Geneva Bible and to hold a part of our history.
Philip Eyrich (Submitted on 24th Nov 2012)
I love the font; it's clean and readable. I like that the older English fonts and spellings were updated to be more easily readable, and the cross reference in the back detailing the modern meanings for old words was ver appreciated.
I bought the Bible because of the notes. Historical comparison with modern notes is valuable.
Unknown (Submitted on 27th Oct 2012)
I really like the way the Bible was updated and still uses the same words as the original without compromising the accuracy at all.
Dave Salmon (Submitted on 23rd Oct 2012)
Great job. I am very happy with it. It is much easier to read than the 1560 version I have. Two criticisms; The font could have been one point larger, but it is acceptable. I realize there is a lot to print in a Geneva Bible, with the notes. Also, you should have included the introductions to the books, because they are excellent. However, those prayers at the end are FABULOUS and make up for the omission of book introductions. Personally, I think the Bible should be presented alone without notes, but I would definitely want to read these notes in a separate book. You could call it a commentary. Anyway the work you did updating the spelling is much appreciated. Thanks for all you have done.
So, the notes made King James uncomfortable. I guess he should have repented, and taught his offspring to treat their "subjects" well. If King George III hadn't been so heavy handed, maybe the world would still be ruled by monarchs. As it was, monarchs thought they were above the law, and King Charles I lost his head for it. Oh well, that's history.
Stan Hall (Submitted on 16th Sep 2012)
I am exceptionally pleased with the new Geneva Bible. I was determined to rewrite this book myself, just because the world needs this so badly. I was overjoyed to see that someone else with great scholarship took this on and did a marvelous job. Tell everyone you know, give them as gifts, lets help get the true word back into Christianity. Learn the history of this book and let people know that this is the truest bible ever written in the English language, and now it is easy to read too. Can't get any better than that.
Ron Hall (Submitted on 21st Jul 2012)
When I look for a Bible to purchase, several things are important: font and font size, organization of notes and references, and readability. The Geneva Bible meets this criteria with excellence. The font designed for this Bible is easy to see and aids in its reading (my vision isn't what it once was). The size of the type is large enough for me to read without using glasses. The organization of notes and references is easily comprehended and aids in understanding. All in all, one of my favorite Bibles. It is now the Bible I use for study and daily reading.
Michael Wilhite (Submitted on 21st Jul 2012)
Excited to own a copy ot the same Bible the Founding Fathers used in their worship and as inspiration for our founding documents. I'm a messianic Jew and it is good to have a Bible with no Anglican or Roman Catholic ax to grind.
Unknown (Submitted on 21st Jul 2012)
I like the modern spellings in this bible. The print is necessarly small for the mumber of pages but with reading glasses my old eyes do quite well. Thanks for the free cd to put on the computer. (It can be made larger print.) A version for the 'MySword' app for android would be nice. Or a version without the notes and larger print. Still love it.