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1599 Geneva Bible [Hardcover]

By Peter A. Lillback (Foreword by) & Marshall Foster (Contribution by)
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Item description for 1599 Geneva Bible by Peter A. Lillback & Marshall Foster...

The Bible of the Pilgrims and the Reformation reset in modern typeface, with minimal changes of spelling and pronunciation, and containing all its original margin notes.
Researched, compiled, and translated into English by exiled Reformers in Geneva, Switzerland, between 1557 and 1560, the Geneva Bible surely was carried aboard their three ships that sailed from England in December of 1606. The New England Pilgrims likewise relied on the Geneva Bible for comfort and strength on their 66-day voyage aboard the Mayflower in 1620, and were even more dependent upon it as they wrote the Mayflower Compact, a document unique in world history and the first constitutional government in the western hemisphere.


* Word-for-word accuracy of the 1599 Geneva translation
* Modern spelling with easy-to-read modern typesetting
* Middle English Glossary (Modern Spelling)
* Original cross references
* Thousands of original study notes by the Reformers
* Includes introductory articles by Gary DeMar and Dr. Marshall Foster on the history of the 1599 Geneva Bible
* 8-point text size
* 9.50" x 6.50" x 1.50

Product Description
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.

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.

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. Until now, the only complete version available was a large, cumbersome, and difficult-to-read facsimile edition. But this new edition contains all the original words and notes, but the type set has been enlarged and the font style change for todays reader. Available in both hardcover and black leather 1599 Geneva Bible


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Item Specifications...

Format: Enhanced
Studio: Tolle Lege Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.7"
Weight:   2.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2011
Publisher   TOLLE LEGE PRESS #1470
ISBN  0975484699  
ISBN13  9780975484692  

Bible Binding: Hardcover
Color: Full Color
Point/Type Size: 8.00
Version: OE

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Not the Geneva Bible  Sep 5, 2007
This Bible was a disappointment. Missing is much of the Geneva Bible. The typeface was poorly chosen. There is no apocrypha, which was considered by the reformers to be important reference material. I can understand the logic behind printing just the protestant Bible and nothing else, but if you are to do that, leave out the study notes. The hardcover binding feels cheaply made for a $60 book. There is no copy write on the Geneva Bible so I wonder what the motivation for printing this really was now.
Refreshingly trustworthy  Jun 6, 2007
Having purchased the third printing of the hardcover 1599 Geneva Bible I am impressed. The type is a bit small but that's about the only weakness to this Bible. The notes are clear, concise and Biblical (Calvinistic- they are synonymous). Some Christians will be surprised when they read some of the notes. Such teaching is rare these days. There is no fluff in these superb study notes. The hardcover Bible is well bound and the paper is opaque. There are not as many cross references in this Bible as new Bibles as it was a relatively new thing at the time. I like it too because it sounds like the Bible should- clear, precise and reverent (not like the breezy familarity of say "The Message"). It's a welcome addition to my library and I enjoy it daily.
Protestant Bible  May 7, 2007
The Geneva Bible has a unique place in history. It is some times called the "Breeches Bible". That term comes from the reference in Genesis 3:7 where it says that Adam and Eve clothed themselves in "breeches" made from fig leaves. It is the product of Protestant scholars who had taken refuge in Geneva, Switzerland during the reign of Queen "Bloody Mary" of England (1553-1558). It is also known as the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to America. It is older than the King James Version and is considered by some to be more "Protestant" than the King James Version.
The Bible that conspired to end Feudalism by telling people they were free  Feb 23, 2007
This is the translation of the Bible that told millions of beaten down and enslaved English common folk that freedom from tyranny and opression was God's plan for their lives. This is the Bible that eventually put an end to Feudalism in Europe, strenghtened Puritans, Quakers, and came to America on the Mayflower. This was the first Bible published in the language of the common people, the first Bible to contain commentary and verse numbers, and the first Bible written in English from Greek and Hebrew texts available from Constantinople, not from the Latin Vulgate. The dynamite in this Bible, is the almost 1/3 length of commentary. The Church of England and King James were so upset they determined to create a new translation. They called it the King James version. They choose to use language so formal and grand, even by the standards of those days, that the common people would find difficult to understand. The Geneva Bible was found seditious by it's insertions of commentary that spoke directly about the priesthood of lay believers, the church as naturally anti-oligarchy, and setting forth some other ideas considered anarchy by the King, but meaning freedom to the masses who read it. Commentaary reflects the ideas of Wyclif, the Lollards, and is also heavily Calvinistic. As orthodox, I do not align myself with on any of the 5 main doctrines of Calvinism, but as an American who reads the scriptures daily, it is profoundly moving to read what the Pilgrims were reading when they boarded the Mayflower, not to mention what the Quakers read as they denounced war and violence. The text is highly readable and will remind you of the New Living Translation of the Bible.

Important facts to remember about this Bible. The refomation was strong in England and the Lollards were a lay group of huge influence that had to go underground. English Christian theologians, not Catholics and not Anglicans, fled in huge numbers to Geneva for freedom. Geneva was not part of Switzerland at that time because Geneva was its own city-state. Tyndale's translation of the Bible into English in 1525 lead to his death. The Geneva Bible was printed 1560-1644. The King James version was published in 1611. The Geneva Bible was against the law to own. The Anglican Church, officially breaking from Rome in 1534, was not the first protestant or only reformist activity going on in England. But it did do did it's best to squelch all other reform and seize control of the people thourgh torture, cruel death, and other punishments barbaric and inhumane in Jesus name.

I give this version on of the Bible a strong BUY recommendation. It is amazing and your faith in God and His overarching plan to free men from sin and hatred will be strengthened. Love one another!
Most Beautiful Bible I've Ever Owned!!  Feb 13, 2007
I was reading a previous user's comments about this Bible and I truly am not sure why he has such a problem with this Bible. I have been a proud owner of the Limited Calfskin Leather edition since Christmas and have used it quite often. The issue of that commenter's Bible falling apart after two days of use are unfounded from my own experience with the same Bible. After almost two months of use, my Bible still looks brand new. It has worn in well for more ease of use, but still looks like it was just purchased. I have come across a few owners of the leather editions and they haven't had a problem with their Bibles holding up. I imagine that one commenter's problems is a rare exception or he dropped it. They are just, too well put together. The calfskins are hand-sewn.

The notes are extremely useful and easy to use. It is wonderful to be able to know what John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and other reformers thought about the exact verse I am reading. The system by which you use the notes is quite simple. Say you are reading John 3:16 and you come to the first note in that verse, you go to note 3:16(1). That seems simple enough and it allows you to go back to the exact spot you left off at.

I've seen the facsimile versions of the Geneva Bible and they don't even come close to this edition. The legibility and readability of this edition is so far above any other version of this Bible there is no reason to even try to compare. There have also been concerns about textual errors, but Toll Lege Press has acknowledged and fixed them in the printings following the first.

As you can tell, I am in love with my Geneva Bible. It is easy to read and the use of extensive notes makes it such a pleasure to use. I didn't even go into how amazing it looks. My best friend wants to know when she can get one. From what I understand, it's about to go to it's 3rd printing because it sells out as soon as a printing is done! I now know how lucky I am to have gotten mine! How is that for a well regarded product?

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