If you’re at all interested in Reformed theology, the Geneva Bible, part of the English Bibles Collection, is an important resource to add to your library. It was the Bible read by the Puritans and the original study Bible of the English-speaking Reformers. It’s also one of our most requested Bible translations, and digitizing it will be no small project.
Why the Geneva Bible was translated
In 1553, Queen Mary ascended the British throne, which began a period of intense persecution of Protestants in England. More than 700 people fled England to escape persecution and settled in and around Geneva, Switzerland, in 1555. The refugees included Miles Coverdale, John Knox, and William Whittingham.
Geneva in the 1550s was the center of Reformed Protestantism. And because of the presence of Theodore Beza, it was also a growing center of biblical scholarship.
While there, the exiles began to see the need for a new translation of the Bible in their own language. The New Testament was finished in 1557, and the complete Bible—along with a revised New Testament—was finished in 1560. [Read more…]