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Hendrickson Publishers The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation

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.

Features
  • 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
  • Gold page edges
  • Ribbon marker
  • 9.50" x 7.50" x 2.50"
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Customer Reviews for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
Review 1 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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NOT clear, readable type

Date:March 13, 2014
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PD55
Location:Colorado, US
Age:55-65
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Theses 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.
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Review 2 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Wonderful!

Date:January 12, 2014
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Geoff V
Age:55-65
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This 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!
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Review 3 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Nice product with historical importance

Date:March 26, 2013
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busdriver72
Location:Texas
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As far as the quality of the product it is fine. Nice book, nice binding, nice printing facsimile. I use this item (and others) in a Biblical education manner concerning the history of the English Bible which most Christians are sadly ignorant of. This Bible is nick-named the "Breeches" Bible based on the text in genesis 3 where Adam and Eve fashioned themselves "breeches." It is also the Pilgrims Bible and the first Bible used in America.
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Review 4 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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poor quality printing

Date:November 26, 2012
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Allan
Location:Sisters, Or.
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The description of the 1560 Geneva Bible states that it, "Features clear, legible type throughout". I just received a copy of the leather bound addition and since there are thousands of missing letters throughout all the text, it is impossible to understand so therefore it does NOT feature clear and legible type throughout. I have no problem reading and understanding 1560 era english as long as all the letters and words are present. This product(at least the copy that I was sent) falls far short of being, "a quality product" and nowhere near being worth the discounted price I paid for it(its not even worth the $20 shipping I paid). Perhaps the printers, should consider changing the ink cartridges in their fax machines once in a while or purchasing new machines from a company that produces top quality machines. Maybe the owner of the original copy of the bible should also consider new fax machines? I was very unhappy upon receiving this item and will return it. Steer clear of this one!
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Review 5 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Very good reading

Date:November 30, 2012
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Lyn S
Location:Ivey, Georgia
Age:55-65
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I was a little skeptical about the ease of reading this particular edition, as I'm not that familiar with old world English but I've been reading it every day (about a month) and it is getting easier all the time. Ever since I discovered the Geneva Bible, I've wanted a copy but was worried about the cost. I really wanted the leather bound but that copy was not within my current budget. I'm very pleased, nonetheless, with the copy I have.
Anyone interested in reading God's word in its first English transcriptions, should purchase a copy. Every now and again, I find myself having to refer to one of my other transcriptions for particular words and at times the wording is quite different, so I muddle through. One day I will be able to figure them out. At any rate, this is more than worth the price I paid.
The early editions of the Geneva Bible should be in every library, especially church libraries.
Note that the chapters are in Roman numerals but that is no problem until you get to Psalms because there are 150 chapters. If you are not familiar with numerals, you may need to make a small chart to place in the front for reference.
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Review 6 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Date:June 28, 2012
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Maiden
Age:35-44
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I absolutely love the original marginal notes! I parallel this version with other bible versions and am amazed I what I find, its a great addition to my bible study library!
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Review 7 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Wow ....

Date:August 7, 2012
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PeterHebert
Location:Imperial City
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We really cannot take for granted the many wonders of this age of technology given the low cost of reproducing high quality editions of facsimile Bibles that shaped history. This 1560 facsimile edition of the Geneva Bible is a treasure in so many ways. It's probably the most controversial Bible of all time due to the marginal notes that kings wanted censored and popes wanted burned. This edition is better than what's in a museum, because this book can be handled, enjoyed, and studied. No white cloth mittens required with a nervous curator with those penetrating eyes burning holes in the back of your neck. For those who have been in a rare book room of a serious library, you know what I'm talking about.
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Review 8 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Great Value

Date:July 10, 2012
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Barry
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I purchased this Bible as a gift for a special friend. He says that it is a wonderful addition to his biblical study materials.
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Review 9 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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This is a 10

Date:March 26, 2012
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jester4us
Age:35-44
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Very informative, gives a better understanding of the bible because of the extensive notes in translation.
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Review 10 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Date:March 5, 2012
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Ron S
Location:Waterford,MI
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Great addition to my growing Bible Library. You better know Old English to be able to read this bible. It is a great way to get the feelings of our founders of this Great Country.
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Review 11 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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very nice large book

Date:January 6, 2012
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jolrae1
Location:ks
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I thought the book was really nice overall; but i purchased it for my husband who really wanted one and he isnt sure he can actually read it- it does take some getting used to. I might end up getting him one that has been translated into the literal english.
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Review 12 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Hard to read

Date:September 30, 2011
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Suge
Location:Ontario, Canada
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I bought this bible primarily for the commentary. This is a replica of the 1560 edition Geneva bible.
Some of the print is hard to make out. It has that dotted effect, like when photocopying a piece of paper with dust on it. Some of the actual letters look shattered, as though there wasn't enough ink used, or white specks on the letters. Kind of like a mediocre quality photocopy. Also, the text is not perfectly horizontal in areas. Some letters appear to rotate in odd directions and there are inconsistencies in the sizes of words. This could just be the way it originally was though. You can't expect the laser like precision we have today, coming from something made in 1560. As for the commentary, it is so small that you need a magnifying glass to read it. Or at least I do and I don't even wear glasses or contacts.
If you thought the 1611 King James bible was a hard read, wait until you read this! There are words I haven't even seen before, or at least I can't make out what they say given the archaic spelling. Here is an example from Genesis 1:14
"And God faid, Let there be lightes in the firmament of heauen, to feparate the daie from the night, & let them be for fignes, and for feafons, and for daies and yeres."
Yeah, ALL the S's look like F's and the V's look like U's and the spelling is just WEIRD!
Had I known what to expect, I would have gone for a revised version written in a language I could actually read. Something with larger, darker, and more modern print.
I consider this more of a novelty and a historic reference, rather than an everyday study tool. I would not recommend this unless you simply want a piece of history.
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Review 13 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Every Christian should have a copy of this Bible.

Date:September 27, 2011
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Johnf
Location:NNSW, Australia.
Age:55-65
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Old English Spellings may foil some who can barely read, but I strongly recomend this 1560AD Geneva Bible to all who want to understand the Protestant Reformation. They must have a copy of this Bible to see what many Protestants of former times once believed.
This Geneva Bible will help them see how Protestantism has very dramatically changed its beliefs since the Reformation Era.
This is the Bible that first introduced verse numbers, etc. and is a resorce I would highly recommend.
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Review 14 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Excellent / Historical

Date:September 23, 2011
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Thomas Berger
Location:Sierra Vista, Arizona
Age:55-65
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This was a gift to my Pastor and He's been gone out of State all week, but I did look through it and was quite impressed.
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Review 15 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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A beautiful book, one page from perfect.

Date:June 20, 2011
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Hanleyes
Location:South Milwaukee, WI
Age:18-24
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Being a Protestant, getting this edition of the Bible was exciting! I've taken it to church with me and it's always a thrill to compare this translation with the NIV read during the service, as well as compare the translators' notes to the message of the Pastor. The old English isn't hard to read after you get used to it, there are a few characters that aren't in use anymore but 5 minutes doing online searches and I found out what they meant and had no problem reading anymore.
The leather edition is bound well (I believe it is smyth sewn) and the leather itself is stiff, however that's a good thing for sure with this being such a large book. It lies flat for study as well which is a plus as it is kind of heavy for prolonged study. The gilding looks good when you get it but be warned, it stains easily. The pages have a nice yellow tint which is good for prolonged reading and adds to the older feel of the book. All the text is clear and readable.
My only problem with it is that there was a printing error by Hendrickson that the back of page 429 is the same as the back of page 430. This is in the Apocrypha though so if that's an issue for you or not depends on your perspective. I contacted Hendrickson and they said they knew about the mistake and reprinted the HARDCOVER edition, as of yet they have no plans to reprint the leather ones, so only time will tell.
Other than that this is an amazing book to add to your collection for personal bible study. It was a Bible of firsts with the notes, verse numbers and many other things. It was the first massively produced Bible translated from the original texts and if it wasn't for the Geneva, the KJV Bible might not exist. It's from a time there wasn't such a debate about translation text, political correctness, and all those discussions that are commonplace today with translation. It's the Bible, plain, simple, and straightforward -- a Bible for the people!
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Review 16 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Date:July 24, 2011
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RayF
Location:Ohio
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Its interesting to see how our English language has changed over the course of time. It takes a few minutes to get used to the spelling used in 1560, but after that it is easy. I am very pleased with the Bible and it meet all my expectations. I love the old translations and am reminded each time I read it, of the sacrifices that were made and the lives that were lost to get the Bible translated into English.
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Review 17 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Illustrates the 1611 KJV

Date:April 27, 2011
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Rev Anthony Gomez
Location:Bloomington, IN
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verifies and edifies the 1611 KJV of the bible and aides in correctly dividing the word.
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Review 18 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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A legacy you can hold.

Date:May 27, 2011
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rt23306
Location:VA
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Part of the solid rock on which the Church is built! God's Word, translated to the every day speech so that every one had access to reading it and hearing it, and the Holy Spirit leading and directing. The Geneva Bible was the most successful means of doing exactly that to the English speaking people in the Reformation. For me, after a few minutes of reading I could easily make the adjustment from Modern English to the spellings of the Geneva. As many others, I find the study notes difficult to read due to the font size. No doubt the printers and translaters painstaking pored over the content to make the Geneva Bible comprehensive for the faithful who sought to take the Word into their heart. Much has been said of it being the Bible carried to the Americas by the English settlers; but a tip of the hat is needed to the French exiles in Geneva also, who translated the manuscripts into French first, using chapters and verses, of which the Geneva also used. To me, the Geneva is essentially the same Bible in English, which my Huguenot ancestors carried and cherished but in French.
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Review 19 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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Date:April 11, 2011
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Howard Sides
Location:Franklinville, NC
Age:35-44
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This product is of very high quality and at a great price! THis is a collectors item that will be used aiian and again for reference materials and comparison to the true Bible, the 1611 KJV.
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Review 20 for The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition, genuine leather, black The Bible of the Protestant Reformation
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A fine edition

Date:January 4, 2011
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Bruce Flickinger
Location:Jacksonville, FL
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This is an excellent edition of the once very popular Protestant Bible before it was displaced by the KJV. Demonstrates how it set the original standard for what are study Bibles.
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