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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)
Text Color: Black Letter
|Text Size: 8 Point|
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: Yes
Page Gilding: None
Page Edges: White
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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 Mary's (1553-1558) 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 movement's leading lights gathered to undertake a fresh translation of the scriptures into English, beginning in 1556.
Published in 1560, the Geneva Bible's popularity kept it in print until 1644--long 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 Bible's 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 Mayflower's perilous voyage to religious freedom. The Geneva Bible stands as a landmark in the history of English Bible translation. Hendrickson's 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 Strong's 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.
chestnut5 Stars Out Of 5Very goodJanuary 10, 2018chestnutQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great piece of history, accurate facsimile. Includes the Apocrypha as well as the Old and New Testament, and all the original inscriptions. At the beginning, it includes a detailed and very informative introduction.
As other reviewers have noted, there are parts in the facsimile where the print appears worn or faded; however, the ink seems to be of good quality and the fading represents that of the original manuscript from which the facsimile was taken, not a lack of quality in the ink.
I would be interested in purchasing the Coverdale Bible, Bishop's Bible, or Great Bible if this publisher ever decided to print any of them.
BLF3 Stars Out Of 5Geneva BibleJune 25, 2017BLFQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I did not understand this is a photo copy of the original printed Bible. The small print is hard to read. I am happy to use it as a reference for reading verses.
Seisho5 Stars Out Of 5It is great, but...April 20, 2017SeishoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Bible quality and value seem to be great and it did meet my expectations, but I learned something new about the Geneva Bible and now have buyer's remorse.
I thought it would be great to own a facsimile of an old Bible with very dated English spelling and figured it might be just as good as the King James Bible, after all it was the predecessor of the King James Bible. Then I learned after purchasing this Geneva Bible when watching a documentary on the King James Bible, that even the Puritans who devoutly used this Bible, no longer wanted it and they decided they want a new Bible.
Not long after this I also learned that the Geneva Bible contains at least two contradictions. #1 In II Samuel 21 it says that Elhanan killed Goliath, with I Samuel 17 saying David killed Goliath. #2 II Samuel 21 says that Elhanan killed Goliath, with I Chronicles 20 (a parallel to II Samuel 21) saying Elhanan killed the brother of Goliath. A marginal note says that it was Goliath's brother who Elhanan killed in II Samuel 21, whilst in I Chronicles 20, the text itself states that it was Goliath's brother who Elhanan killed and not a marginal note. This sort of inconsistency has the potential to confuse and/or create unnecessary frustration for reader, particularly those who are quite new to the Bible.
I would recommend this to friends and people here as a historic piece only and not as a replacement/substitute for the King James Bible. It's great to see how our language looked in its earlier years and how fast it matured in just 50 years, from 1560 to 1611.
Alistair4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful piece of history, one issue that bothered me. (Hardcover edition)April 19, 2017AlistairQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Firstly I want to say, I love Bible history. I own the 1537 Matthew's Bible and the 1611 KJV as well as this. The 1560 Geneva Bible is a monster of a book. It's larger than any other Bible I own, but I do love the language and the notes throughout. My only issue with this Bible is that in places the text seems worn, like a printer almost out of ink. It's not something that makes the bible unreadable, it just bothers me. Overall I would say for anyone who wants an historical translation, that was used by great historical figures, and is something different than the KJV, I would recommend this Bible.
Russell Pittman5 Stars Out Of 5Best Bible out on market for Believers!!December 5, 2016Russell PittmanQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The leather cover is best when replaced with goatskin like I did - but as a Bible to carry to church services, it is wonderful as is! For serious followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, it should be the ONLY ONE to compare others to - It should be THE source for facts alone! The quality is a 9 out of 10, since I have been using mine since it came out - later than planned by Hendrickson Pub. of course - but I was impressed at the first touch! It is a King James, without baptismal regeneration verses, and makes a great witnessing tool, especially to those who believe in baptism for salvation, (which NO christian should believe) and is pure in wording and stronger than the KJV in Baptist doctrine!!! I have preached many times, and taught from it many times, and use it 100% of my Bible reading time.
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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.