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The Geneva: Bible of the Pilgrims & Puritans
The Geneva Bible was first printed in Geneva, Switzerland, by refugees from England, fleeing the persecution of Protestants by Roman Catholic Queen “Bloody” Mary. Many copies were smuggled back into England at great personal risk. In later years, when Protestant-friendly Queen Elizabeth took the throne, printing of the Geneva Bible moved back to England. The Geneva Bible was produced by John Calvin, John Knox, Myles Coverdale, John Foxe, and other Reformers. It is the version that William Shakespeare quotes from hundreds of times in his plays, and the first English Bible to offer plain roman-style type in some of its early printings.
The Geneva Bible was the first Bible taken to America, brought over on the Mayflower… it is the Bible upon which early America and its government was founded (certainly not the King’s of England’s Bible!) The Geneva Bible was also the first English Bible to break the chapters of scripture into numbered verses, and it was the first true “Study Bible” offering extensive commentary notes in the margins. It was so accurate and popular, that a half-century later, when the King James Bible came out… it retained more than 90% of the exact wording of the Geneva Bible.
These leaves measure approximately 8 to 9 inches tall by 6 to 7 inches
wide. They were printed on 100% rag cotton linen sheet, not wood-pulp
paper like books today, so they remain in excellent condition… even
after over 400 years. Each leaf is a unique piece of ancient artwork,
carefully produced one-at-a-time using a movable-type press, and later
bound together into whole Bibles. These genuine original antiquities are
very rare and precious pieces of our history and our Christian heritage.
We offer them for considerably less than the $1,000 each (!) that they
sold for on “The 700 Club” TV Broadcasts in the late 1990’s.
Imagine… having a favorite passage of scripture from
one of the earliest printings of the Bible of the Pilgrims & Puritans:
The Geneva Bible.
ITEM # GBL-1: $59 - a random leaf (we select a passage)
Special Gift Packs Available – Under $28 per leaf:
Don’t forget to also check out our leaves from the much larger 1578
Geneva Pulpit Bible.
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