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John Calvin and other leaders of the Reformation

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9.x - 10.x

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Geneva Bible Notes

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Geneva, Reformation

A complete commentary containing the Geneva bible notes.

I have tested it but if you folks find any errors please let me know! If you appreciate the work I've put into this please consider rating it. God bless!


Derived from: https://www.reformed....org/gbn/en.htm


1599 Geneva Bible Notes

At the time of the signing of the Constitution the predominant language spoken in America was Scottish. When the Pilgrims came to what would become America, the only Bible used at that time was the Geneva Bible.

For the first time in over 390 years, the complete 1599 edition of the Geneva Bible is again available! The Geneva Bible is the Bible with marginal notes authored by John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, and many other leaders of the Reformation. The Geneva Bible was the predominant English translation during the period in which the English and Scottish Reformations gained great impetus. Iain Murray, in his classic work on revival and the interpretation of prophecy, The Puritan Hope, notes, "... the two groups in England and Scotland developed along parallel lines, like two streams originating at one fountain. The fountain was not so much Geneva, as the Bible which the exiles newly translated and issued with many marginal notes... it was read in every Presbyterian and Puritan home in both realms"

The Cambridge Geneva Bible of 1591 was the edition carried by the Pilgrims when they fled to America. As such, it directly provided much of the genius and inspiration which carried those courageous and faithful souls through their trials, and provided the spiritual, intellectual and legal basis for establishment and flourishing of the colonies. Thus, it became the foundation for establishment of the American Nation. This heritage makes it a Celestial Article indeed! And a treasured possession for any free man!

The 1560 Geneva Bible was the first to have Bible chapters divided into numbered verses. The translation is the work of religious leaders exiled from England after the death of King Edward VI in 1553. Almost every chapter has marginal notes to create greater understanding of scripture. The marginal notes often reflected Calvinistic and Protestant reformation influences, not yet accepted by the Church of England. King James I in the late 16th century pronounced the Geneva Bible marginal notes as being: "partial, untrue, seditious, and savouring of dangerous and traitorous conceits." In every copy of each edition the word "breeches" rather than "aprons" was used in Genesis 3:7, which accounts for why the Geneva Bible is sometime called the "Breeches" Bible. The Church of England never authorized or sanctioned the Geneva Bible. However, it was frequently used, without authority, both to read the scripture lessons, and to preach from. It was pre-eminent as a household Bible, and continued so until the middle of the 17th century. The convenient size, cheap price, chapters divided into numbered verses and extensive marginal notes were the cause of it's popularity

The Geneva Bible is a critical, yet almost completely forgotten part of the Protestant Reformation. Driven out of England by the persecutions of Bloody Mary, several future leaders of the Reformation came to Geneva to create a pure and accurate translation of the Holy Writ. Concerned about the influence that the Catholic Church had on the existing translations of the Bible from the Latin, these men turned to the original Hebrew and Greek texts to produce the Geneva Bible. This made the Geneva Bible the first complete Bible to be translated into English from the original Hebrew and Greek texts.

The creation of the Geneva Bible was a substantial undertaking. Its authors spent over two years, working diligently day and night by candlelight, to finish the translation and the commentaries. The entire project was funded by the exiled English congregation in Geneva, making the translation a work supported by the people and not by an authoritarian church or monarch.

All the marginal commentaries were finished by 1599, making the 1599 edition of the Geneva Bible the most complete study aide for Biblical scholars and students. This edition does not contain the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha’s notes are minimal or absent in other editions. Additional highlights of this edition include maps of the Exodus route and Joshua’s distribution of land, a name and subject index, and Psalms sung by the English congregation in Geneva.

The greatest distinction of the Geneva Bible, however, is the extensive collection of marginal notes that it contains. Prominent Reformation leaders such as John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Theodore Beza, and Anthony Gilby wrote the majority of these notes in order to explain and interpret the scriptures. The notes comprise nearly 300,000 words, or nearly one-third the length of the Bible itself, and they are justifiably considered the most complete source of Protestant religious thought available.

Owing to the marginal notes and the superior quality of the translation, the Geneva Bible became the most widely read and influential English Bible of the 16th and 17th centuries. It was continually printed from 1560 to 1644 in over 200 different editions. It was the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers, and historical figures of the Reformation era. William Shakespeare’s plays and the writings of John Milton and John Bunyan were clearly influenced by the Geneva Bible. Oliver Cromwell issued a pamphlet containing excerpts from the Geneva Bible to his troops during the English Civil War. When the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower they took with them exclusively the Geneva Bible.

The marginal notes of the Geneva Bible enraged the Catholic Church, since the notes deemed the act of confession to men – the Catholic Bishops – as unjustified by Holy Script. Man should confess to God only; man’s private life was man’s private life. The notes also infuriated King James, since they allowed disobedience to tyrannical kings. King James went so far as to make ownership of the Geneva Bible a felony. He then proceeded to make his own version of the Bible, but without the marginal notes that had so disturbed him. Consequently, during King James’s reign, and into the reign of Charles I, the Geneva Bible was gradually replaced by the King James Bible.

Because of the print size, this facsimile reproduction is more difficult for some readers. A magnifying glass is often necessary for the marginal notes. On some of the printing the marginal notes are not entirely clear. Also, some adjustment is required to get accustomed to the interchanged I and J, u and v, and f and s in the old print style. L. L. Brown Publishing is proud to offer the Geneva Bible to Christians serious about understanding the Bible. A wealth of information that has been left to us by the Leaders of the Protestant Reformation is now available after four centuries of being out of print.

ABOVE INTRODUCTION FROM L. L. BROWN PUBLISHING


FYI,

 

The 1599 Geneva Bible is a copyrighted work published by Tolle Lege Press which is why the bible itself is not available for e-Sword.

FYI,

 

The 1599 Geneva Bible is a copyrighted work published by Tolle Lege Press which is why the bible itself is not available for e-Sword.

That is actually incorrect. It is not copyrighted and is public domain. The geneva bible IS available on the default e-sword Module downloader under "old English" bibles.

That is actually incorrect. It is not copyrighted and is public domain. The geneva bible IS available on the default e-sword Module downloader under "old English" bibles.

The Geneva Bible that is available for download is the 1587 edition which along with the 1560 edition is in the public domain

The 1599 is currently published by by Tolle Lege Press, there is an online text of the 1599 Geneva Bible available at Bible Gateway which includes the following copyright information:
 

"Geneva Bible, 1599 Edition. Published by Tolle Lege Press. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations in articles, reviews, and broadcasts."

Here is the link to the Tolle Lege Press website they are current publishers of the 1599 Geneva Bible 

 

https://tollelegepress.com/

The Geneva Bible that is available for download is the 1587 edition which along with the 1560 edition is in the public domain

The 1599 is currently published by by Tolle Lege Press, there is an online text of the 1599 Geneva Bible available at Bible Gateway which includes the following copyright information:
 

"Geneva Bible, 1599 Edition. Published by Tolle Lege Press. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations in articles, reviews, and broadcasts."

Here is the link to the Tolle Lege Press website they are current publishers of the 1599 Geneva Bible 

 

https://tollelegepress.com/

Well, this commentary does not include this updated version of the geneva bible. It uses the KJV with the geneva bible's notes. All of which are public domain.

Well, this commentary does not include this updated version of the geneva bible. It uses the KJV with the geneva bible's notes. All of which are public domain.

The copyright applies to the entirety of the 1599 Geneva Bible including the notes. 

The notes from the 1587 edition are available already 

To be exact, the copyright in question applies only to the Tolle Lege Press modern English version of the 1599 Geneva Bible. It does not apply to the original 1599 Geneva Bible now in the public domain.  There are several updated English versions available so the Tolle Lege Press is not the only modern English Geneva version currently published. Also the Tolle Lege is out of print so if you wanted a leather bound edition it will cost you more than $500 on ebay and $900 on Amazon when a few years back it was $40.

I far as I can tell in my research the Geneva had only one text revision in 1578 but had a few marginal notes revisions through its publishing history. Many who read the Geneva find the translation to be a bit more literal than the KJ1611 but the KJ has a more poetic rhythm to it.  The main reason the church of England wanted it replaced is they felt it was their duty to instruct the people on religious matters and the Geneva's study notes circumvented that and also taught against a church clergy hierarchic institution. So those marginal notes must go, kind of dumming down the people. Also it didn't help that it also taught against the divine right of kings.  The bottom line is the church of England being part of the government with the king's blessing needed control over the people and issued the instructions for a new bible and the rest is history.

CAUTION:  TAKE NOTE:  These notes are the marginal notes from the KJV that added a facsimile of the Geneva notes to the KJV 1642,1649,1672,1679, 1708 and 1715 editions.They are different from the Geneva as they have been rewritten to match the KJV text.  FYI

This website post a downlaodable pdf but wrong calling them the Geneva notes when they are the KJV notes,  https://hawramani.co...ebook-versions/

 


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