The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, hardcover The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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The Geneva Bible was a monumental achievement in the history of Protestant Bible translation. Born in a time of religious and political upheaval it helped foster scripture literacy among the common people of England.
The first English Bible to be fully translated from the original languages, the Geneva Bible was the product of some of the finest biblical scholars of its day. It was the first to feature many innovations in the field of Bible publishing:
- Text printed in readable roman type
- Division of the text into numbered verses
- Italic type used for words not in the original languages
- Marks placed over the accented syllables to aid in pronouncing proper names
- Extensive textual and explanatory commentary placed in the margins
- Words/phrases displayed at the heads of pages to promote scripture memorization
- Maps and woodcuts illustrating biblical scenes included
- Sold in a variety of sizes so many people could afford a household Bible
English settlers that voyaged to the New World favored the Geneva Bible. It is probable that the Geneva Bible came to America in 1607 and was used in the Jamestown colony. Thirteen years later the Pilgrims brought it with them on the Mayflower's perilous voyage to religious freedom.
- Facsimile of the University of Wisconsin Press edition of the 1560 Geneva Bible
- Features clear, legible type throughout (marginal commentary is in smaller type)
- Complete, original marginal commentary, maps and woodcut illustrations
- Authoritative introduction to the Geneva Bible by Lloyd E. Berry
Number of Pages: 1280
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Dimensions: 9.75 X 7.5 X 2.75 (inches)
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The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
Sixteenth century English Protestant scholars were determined to make the scriptures understandable to common people, so that, as William Tyndale famously put it, "the boy that driveth the plough should know more of the scriptures" than the educated man.
However, Queen Marys (15531558) persecution of her Protestant subjects caused many to flee to the continent to avoid imprisonment or execution. Geneva, Switzerland soon became a center for Protestant biblical scholarship. It was there that a group of the movements leading lights gathered to undertake a fresh translation of the scriptures into English, beginning in 1556.
Published in 1560, the Geneva Bibles popularity kept it in print until 1644long after the advent of the Authorized Version (a.k.a. King James Version). It was an English Bible that met the needs of both clergy and laity. Perhaps the Geneva Bibles greatest contribution was its commentary, which under girded the emerging practice of sermonizing and helped foster scripture literacy. The Geneva Bible was the first to feature many innovations in the field of Bible publishing:
• Text printed in readable roman type; 7 pt. type
• Smyth sewn
• Division of the text into numbered verses
• Italic type used for words not in the original languages
• Marks placed over the accented syllables to aid in pronouncing proper names
• Extensive textual and explanatory commentary placed in the margins
• Words/phrases displayed at the heads of pages to promote scripture memorization
• Maps and woodcuts illustrating biblical scenes included
• Sold in a variety of sizes so many people could afford a household Bible
The Geneva Bible accompanied English settlers voyaging to the new world. It is probable that the Geneva Bible came to America in 1607 and was used in the Jamestown colony. Thirteen years later the Pilgrims brought it with them on the Mayflowers perilous voyage to religious freedom. The Geneva Bible stands as a landmark in the history of English Bible translation. Hendricksons facsimile reproduces one of the finest existing copies of the 1560 Geneva Bible. Using quality materials and crafted to last, Bible collectors and anyone interested in the history of the English Bible will treasure this volume.
Q. Does the Geneva Bible come with the Apochrypha?
A. Yes, like most Bibles printed before 1800, the Geneva Bible comes with the Apocrypha.
Q. Will it come with a concordance using Strongs numbers?
A. Hendrickson's 1560 Geneva Bible is a facsimile of an original copy of the book. Therefore it will not include "modern" features such as a concordance with Strong's numbers.
susie5 Stars Out Of 5Geneva Bible: 1560January 19, 2015susieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Better understanding of scriptures. The Geneva Bible was the one used by our founding fathers. It is printed in Old English Script and is beautiful. Better than KJV.
Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Review of the 1560 Edition Geneva Bible in Genuine Black Leather from Hendrickson Bibles.October 19, 2014Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
Hapax LegomenonAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5My copy is excellent. But why no 1568 Bishop's bible facsimile?August 22, 2014Hapax LegomenonAge: 25-34Gender: maleMy copy of the facsimile 1560 Geneva Bible is excellent. The print is clear and readable throughout. All other features are satisfactory as well.
When is Hendrickson going to publish a similar facsimile of the 1568 Bishop's Bible? It is a highly neglected translation among publishers. But I am certain that there are many people like me who would buy a facsimile copy of it just as soon as they print one (preferably in genuine leather like the 1560 Geneva, 1537 Matthew's, and 1526 Tyndale).
PD55Colorado, USAge: 55-65Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5NOT clear, readable typeMarch 13, 2014PD55Colorado, USAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1Theses pages are scanned which is why they look like they have been photocopied. While the scans are very clean the pages are simply NOT clear and readable type. While this is a quality reproduction, the pages contains many flaws and shortcomings that are inherent to this process and the book should be marketed as such! If I had not gotten the cover personalized I would return this item.
Margin notes and chapter/book intros very small. I use a magnifying glass. 16th century English.
Well bound, one ribbon marker. Buff color pages that have a bit of bleed through.
Geoff VAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful!January 12, 2014Geoff VAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a beautiful facsimile of the Bible that fuelled the Reformation. To Allan, Joann and Linda, who complained about the quality of the printed text, I have to say 'welcome to the world of 16th century print production'! This is a facsimile of an original work, not a tidied-up reproduction. Brilliantly done, congrats to Hendrickson!
Q: question WOULD like to know if the geneva bible comes in a larger print. thank you
No, 8 point is the largest text size this is available in.
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