The 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.
Wonderful piece of history, one issue that bothered me. (Hardcover edition)
April 19, 2017
Firstly 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.
The 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.
Love this Bible and enjoyed reading the apocrypha books in the center section. This will be an heirloom to leave to my family some day. The Old Time English is not difficult to read once you figure it out.