In the last half of the sixteenth century, it looked as though the “divine right of kings” philosophy would gain absolute traction in England through the Machiavellian schemes of the Tudor monarchs. The English church had become little more than an arm of the State, and the English Reformation was losing steam. Just then The Geneva Bible was providentially unleashed on a dark, discouraged, downtrodden people, and it was the spark for a Christian Reformation of life and culture the likes of which the world had never seen. By the time the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588, just 28 years after the first printing of the Geneva Bible, the English were already being called “people of the Book.” The results of a people reading and obeying the Word of God were manifold: the explosion of faith and good character, the first missionary movement in history, the blossoming of literature, economic prosperity, and political and religious freedom.
The Pilgrims brought The 1599 Geneva Bible with them when they arrived in the New World in 1620. All but forgotten in our day, this version of the Bible was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A superb translation, it was the product of the best Protestant scholars of the day and became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers and thinkers of that time. Men such as William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, and John Milton read the Geneva Bible and alluded to it in their writings. William Bradford also cited the Geneva Bible in his famous book Of Plymouth Plantation.
The Geneva Bible is unique among all other Bibles. It was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses. It has extensive marginal notes, more than 300,000 of them, which help to explain and interpret the Scriptures for the common people. These, more than any other single factor, made it the most popular version of its time.
The Patriot's Edition of the 1599 Geneva Bible is the same Scripture, word for word, that the Pilgrims brought to America nearly 400 years ago. This new edition, however, features a number of early-American political documents that evidence America’s Christian heritage. These documents are a direct consequence of the fact that colonial Americans were also “people of the Book.”
This edition includes the following historical documents, which are based on Biblical principles:
"The publication and promulgation of the 1599 Geneva Bible will help restore America's rich Christian heritage and reclaim the culture for Christ."- Dr. D. James Kennedy, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church