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John Adams, the second president of the United States, wrote: “Let not Geneva be forgotten or despised. Religious liberty owes it most respect.” Between 1560 and 1599, The Geneva Bible was providentially unleashed upon a dark, discouraged, downtrodden English-speaking world. Just when it looked as if the Machiavellian, Divine Right kings, such as the Tudors of England, were about to drive Christendom back to the days of Caesar worship, a Bible appeared that set the stage for a Christian Reformation of life and culture the likes of which the world had never seen.
By the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, just 28 years after the first printing of the Geneva Bible, it was already being said of the English that they were becoming a people of the Book. The results of a people reading and obeying the Word of God were the explosion of faith, character, the first missionary movement in history, literature, economic blessing, and political and religious freedom. We too are living in dark days. The Biden-Harris administration and most members of congress do not value the Faith and Freedom that our nation was built upon. The Geneva Bible is needed more than ever. After 422 years, and by the providence of God, it is back in print for you to cherish!
BACKGROUND: When the Pilgrims arrived in the New World in 1620, they brought along supplies, a consuming passion for advancing the Kingdom of Christ, and the Word of God. Clearly, their most precious cargo was the Bible – specifically, the 1599 Geneva Bible. All but forgotten in our day, this version of the Bible was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A superb translation, it was the product of the best Christian scholars of the day and became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers and thinkers of that time. Men such as William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, and John Milton used the Geneva Bible in their writings. William Bradford also cited the Geneva Bible in his famous book Of Plymouth Plantation.
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 more than 300,000 marginal notes which were included to explain and interpret the scriptures for the common people. These study notes were considered to be a threat to Big Government, which makes this version of the Bible more relevant than today than any other version! Why? King James frowned on what he considered to be seditious marginal notes on key political texts. A marginal note for Exodus 1:9 indicated that the Hebrew midwives were correct in disobeying the Egyptian king’s orders, and a note for 2 Chronicles 15:16 said that King Asa should have had his mother executed and not merely deposed for the crime of worshipping an idol. The King James Version of the Bible grew out of the king’s distaste for these brief but potent doctrinal commentaries. He considered the marginal notes to be a political threat to his kingdom.
If you consider yourself a patriot, then you should own a copy of this beautiful hardback edition of the 1599 Geneva Bible: Patriot’s Edition. This edition features one of the most well-known paintings of the American Revolution—The Prayer at Valley Forge by Arnold Friberg—on the cover. In addition to the complete 1599 Geneva Bible and study notes, this edition includes the following historical documents:
- Magna Carta
- Mayflower Compact
- Declaration of Independence
- Articles of Confederation/li>
- The United States Constitution
- Washington’s Rules of Civility
- Washington’s Circular for the States (1783)
- Washington’s Prayer for the United States
*This is officially a second edition, with updated cover, new ISBN, new Barcode, and additional end matter (George Washington’s Circular to the States 1783, and George Washington’s Prayer for the USA from plaque in St. Paul’s Chapel in NYC as well as at Pohick Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, where Washington was a vestryman from 1762-1784) ENDORSEMENTS: “The publication and promulgation of the 1599 Geneva Bible will help restore America’s rich Christian heritage and reclaim the culture for Christ.”- Dr. D. James Kennedy, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church