1599 Geneva Bible with the Apocrypha and Metrical Psalms
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 Gary on 8th Oct 2014
The only problem I find is the lack of navigation. It is impossible to get to a specific Bible book, passage or text without a great deal of scrolling. There is a navigation function of sorts, but it only applies to the Apocrapha, of which I have no interest. For this reason I feel that I wasted my money on this PDF. I have found the text on the Bible Gateway app, although the Geneva notes are not included. I am disappointed in the PDF as I had high hopes for it. Nevertheless, the producers ought to be able to fix the issue easily enough and I trust that they will inform previous buyers of any updates.
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Posted by John on 12th Mar 2014
This translation is a treasure. King James hated this translation, because of the poor translations of the original languages. The fact of the matter is that he hated it because of the anti-monarchy footnotes that were in the bible. This is a wonderful translation with archaic words changed to today's equivalent. Check out Psalm 23 and see how very close it is to KJV translation. The only problem is it is a strict PDF bible without any navigable help. Otherwise it is beautiful to read. This is the bible the Pilgrims brought with them.
Posted by Richard on 5th Nov 2013
I do 't seem to be able to go to a scripture without lots of scrolling.
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Nov 2013
The Bible itself gets a five star, However I have a Sony e-reader and this product is very hard to navigate, and as a matter of fact I have deleted from my reader because of that reason.
Posted by Mickie on 3rd Nov 2013
Wouldn't be without it!
Posted by Ralph on 2nd Nov 2013
I am pleased to have this Bible with the very informative notes related to some of the verses. This is an important study tool and I appreciate having it.
Posted by Carl Farris on 13th Sep 2013
I really like this version of the Holy Bible.
Posted by Tom on 10th Sep 2013
This is the version that the pilgrims brought to the New World. I'm a pilgrim too!
Posted by Unknown on 9th Sep 2013
bought the print copy last year
it is hard to carry around to read & it is heavy
the PDF version is very easy to carry & read
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