Building the Bible

The 1500s: The Protestant Reformation

What did the English Protestants do in Geneva?

They set about to publish a new Bible, one that they and their families could use while in exile. The Geneva translators used text from several sources, including Tyndale’s Bible and the Great Bible. The resulting Bible came to be known as the Geneva Bible. At first it was published in parts, but then it was published in its entirety in 1560. The first edition was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603).


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