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The Outlaw's Bible: Geneva Bible of Pilgrims!

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by blueridgewv, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. blueridgewv

    blueridgewv New Member

    Oct 28, 2004
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    The anti-Tyrant Bible

    Here is a book that was banned....the Bible! King James hated it, which is
    why he had printed the "authorized version"--because the Geneva was not
    authorized by the tyrant! But those "rebel" Pilgrims continued to use it,
    finding the notes essential....see why

    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 (sic!). 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.

    Geneva Bible of the Pilgrims now Available
  2. Snitzelhoff

    Snitzelhoff New Member

    Sep 27, 2005
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    Might this not go better in the Bible Versions/Translations forum?
  3. James_Newman

    James_Newman New Member

    Aug 27, 2004
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    It is a well kept secret that at least one King James bible actually came over on the Mayflower.


  4. Bible-boy

    Bible-boy New Member

    Sep 1, 2002
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    I'm closing this thread here and moving a copy of it to the Bible Versions/Translations Forum.