I love this bible. I chose the leather one to add to my bible collection. I love how this bible is a copy of a genuine 1560 edition. The type setting is small but most readable. The marginal notes however will require one to put on a set of reading magnifiers. I have 20/20 vision but to read this bible's notes comfortably, a magnifying glass is needed. The 1560's text appears virtually identical to the 1599 Geneva. The marginal notes however are dramatically different between the two. This is a thick and large bible with the Aprocrypha. Because this is a facsimile copy (read: colored PHOTO COPY), naturally every light printing and blemish is going to be identical on these copies. For anyone to complain about this bible having "too light" or "blemished type set," they dont understand the fact that this is a professionally made photo-copy of a very old bible in a univeristy. It is a teriffic bible translation and really fun to read through some really old Elizibethan english. I just wish the leather quality was nicer, but it is what it is for a mass produced "leather bible.". I could always get it re-bound later.
I enjoy sitting, and reading from this beautiful copy of the Geneva Bible. The spelling, and old style print is harder to read than our modern versions. It is a wonderful way to open your mind to Gods Word, and prayerfully study the Scriptures. The HOLY SPIRIT will guide you, if you ask Him.
The Bible is well made, and would make a great addition to your Biblical library.
This is truly a .great product and made very well. This is fun to read too along with some crazy English most of us are not used to. I don't mind preaching from this what I do is read it the way it's written and then the same way but with today's wording but not really changing it. Easy to remember that this is the Puritan Bible they brought it to America with them. Let's not forget that John Calvin put in most of these notes as well. I think if you wanted to try something diff this is really it or maybe the Hendrickson 1537 Matthew's Bible which is really the very first Bible of the Reformation.
Review of the 1560 Edition Geneva Bible in Genuine Black Leather from Hendrickson Bibles.
October 19, 2014
I requested this Bible from Hendrickson for review on my blog not knowing if they would send one or not. I had never done any reviews for them as of yet. I am happy to say that they sent me one without any begging or reminding. The Bible arrived packed in a cardboard box with an airbag cushion. Upon opening the box I found that it was in a two piece retail box. Inside it the Bible was wrapped in shrink wrap. The genuine leather cover was pretty stiff. After picking this Bible up I could understand why that was so. This is a monster of a Bible. It is large to say the least. The inside cover is lined with vinyl glued to the cover. The Bible has one ribbon marker of mediocre quality. The Bible was printed in China. The page edges are gilded as well as the spine. The spine has the words, The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition Hendrickson Bibles on it. This Bible has a sewn binding which is quite flexible for a Bible this size. The sewn binding allows it to lay flat brand new, out of the box. The paper is good and opaque. It has to be for the small size of the original print. Of course the most important feature of this Bible and most likely the reason you are considering buying it is that it is a facsimile Bible of the 1560 Geneva Bible translated by the Reformers Calvin, and Knox and cherished by the Puritans. It is the Bible that predates the King James and was brought to America by the Puritans on their quest for religious freedom and to glorify God. The makers of this facsimile scanned existing copies of the 1560 Geneva Bible and cleaned it up as best they could before printing it on good paper and binding it together. The old print can be difficult to read as it is small and not up to modern standards. The notes and references are great! I love being able to peak back into history and see what they thought was important to note during the Reformation. You should get this and read what they said about Rome :) ahem... That is why they were hiding in Geneva. The book introductions are full of history. The chapter numbers are Roman numerals. The letters are Olde English. v for u and f for s and the like. It can be a bit difficult to use as an everyday Bible, but as a study in history and for comparison to modern translations it is a great tool. Especially good for when someone repeats the liberal mantra of, The Bible is so messed up from being translated a gazillion times... Just whip out your handy Geneva and show 'em who's boss! Enjoy the pics at the bottom of the page and if yov haue any qvestiones be ye not afraid to comment on the article. Christianbook won't allow links so search for snyderssoapbox on wordpress and you'll find it.