The “Geneva Bible”

English Bible.
The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament.
Geneva: Rouland Hall, 1560.
New Testament only.
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The Church of England officially became Protestant during the brief reign of Edward VI (1547–1553). With the succeeding accession of Mary I in 1553, a Roman Catholic, English translations of the Bible were again officially condemned. During Mary’s reign (1553–1558) the English Protestant scholar William Whittingham (ca. 1524–1579) fled to Geneva, where he produced a new English Bible based on the Greek and Hebrew sources. This first edition of the “Geneva Bible,” published in a portable format and in legible roman typeface, represented a superior translation that included several aids to improve understanding. This Bible remained tremendously popular throughout the sixteenth century, despite official disapproval of its controversial and anti-monarchical marginal notes. The Harrison Collection holds only the New Testament portion of the 1560 edition.

English Bible.
The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament.
Geneva: Rouland Hall, 1560.
New Testament only.
(00018)

English Bible.
The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament.
Geneva: Rouland Hall, 1560.
New Testament only.
(00018)

English Bible.
The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament.
Geneva: Rouland Hall, 1560.
New Testament only.
(00018)