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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975484613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975484616
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Haywood on 18 Aug 2011
Format: Bonded Leather Verified Purchase
Something of a Bible collector, I now have many different translations including the 1560 facsimile of the Geneva. I love the facsimile but Its very limiting in a. size b. typeface. in 1560 that book was revolutionary and for the pilgrims that was the standard size of books as they tended to be read from a table. Nowadays we have bibles that you can fit in your pocket, so frankly the Geneva as a powerful reformation translation was crying out to be shrunk and updated!

Its happened to the NASB with the thees and thous removed, and even The KJV. So seeing the Geneva have its spellings updated and made more understandable is heartwarming. I personally prefer the Geneva over the KJV (KJV) largely because of its roots, it just feels to me more sincere, whilst renderings of certain well known chapters (psalms 23 "long season" instead of "forever") are different, It just adds to the Geneva character, knowing that 20% of the AV is Geneva shows its authority as well.

Had King James not outlawed the Geneva from publication in the UK, and then printed the KJV, The Geneva would be the version used in all churches, there would be Geneva Onlyists still criticising Modern Versions (which are translated from different manuscripts..nothing is "taken out" It just isnt in the manuscript) The world would be the same, But the Geneva would come from protestant reformationists rather than a King who wanted to control the beliefs of his people.

Anyway, the Bible is beautiful, gold leafed, leather, text easy to read and in a beautiful font (which i see is somewhat trying to imitate the older fonts of the original) it has (amazingly) all the original notes; just look at revelation, the notes take up half to three quarters of the page haha.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T - Plaistow on 5 Dec 2009
Format: Bonded Leather
Reading this and holding it in your hands is like having living history in your midst.

It is inspirational knowing that this Geneva Bible was distilled from the translation by the great Christian martyr William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale and put together by many of the great reformers living in Calvin's Geneva at the end of the 16th century. This book transformed the America's; it was the one the Pilgrim Father's brought to America, before the politically inspired King James Version was produced. The men responsible for producing this translation suffered or died for their faith. No earthly comforts in some feather bedded ivory tower. This booked fuelled the English Reformation and key to the Parliamentarian Christian vanguard in the English Civil War as the translation used in their Soldiers Pocket Bible.

This book turned the world upside down or as the Geneva Bible puts it in Acts 17:6 "... These are they which have subverted the state of the world, and here they are." Buy it and get into subverting the state of the world for the Glory of God through Christ Jesus Our Saviour!
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By Nadine on 28 May 2014
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Yes, I'm pleased with my purchase and I'd recommend this Bible. It has what I was looking for, good footnotes and text.
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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Most Beautiful Bible I've Ever Owned!! 13 Feb 2007
By Samuel Schleier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Bonded Leather
I was reading a previous user's comments about this Bible and I truly am not sure why he has such a problem with this Bible. I have been a proud owner of the Limited Calfskin Leather edition since Christmas and have used it quite often. The issue of that commenter's Bible falling apart after two days of use are unfounded from my own experience with the same Bible. After almost two months of use, my Bible still looks brand new. It has worn in well for more ease of use, but still looks like it was just purchased. I have come across a few owners of the leather editions and they haven't had a problem with their Bibles holding up. I imagine that one commenter's problems is a rare exception or he dropped it. They are just, too well put together. The calfskins are hand-sewn.

The notes are extremely useful and easy to use. It is wonderful to be able to know what John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and other reformers thought about the exact verse I am reading. The system by which you use the notes is quite simple. Say you are reading John 3:16 and you come to the first note in that verse, you go to note 3:16(1). That seems simple enough and it allows you to go back to the exact spot you left off at.

I've seen the facsimile versions of the Geneva Bible and they don't even come close to this edition. The legibility and readability of this edition is so far above any other version of this Bible there is no reason to even try to compare. There have also been concerns about textual errors, but Toll Lege Press has acknowledged and fixed them in the printings following the first.

As you can tell, I am in love with my Geneva Bible. It is easy to read and the use of extensive notes makes it such a pleasure to use. I didn't even go into how amazing it looks. My best friend wants to know when she can get one. From what I understand, it's about to go to it's 3rd printing because it sells out as soon as a printing is done! I now know how lucky I am to have gotten mine! How is that for a well regarded product?
63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
great idea, poor execution 7 Mar 2009
By Michael G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Bonded Leather
The thought of updating the typeface for the 1599 Geneva Bible and providing an easily readable copy of the original is a great idea. I was truly excited to purchase a copy when it first came out. The execution of the idea, sadly, was very poor.

My first copy (black leather bound) had issues with the binding and in some of the pages it appeared that the type had been smudged. I sent it back with my comments on what was wrong. Some time later I received a second copy. The binding issue was better but not fully corrected. It seems that the piece of leather they used was too short in the horizontal direction to truly wrap the book. In addition there were pages that this time were printed very light so that it makes it difficult to read because the poor contrast. I kept this copy because a CD with the book in PDF form came with it and I use that for reference, but the printed copy is just too poor for regular reading.

If they had only chosen a better publisher to print it, this could have been a really great Bible that I would heartily recommend purchasing. But alas such is NOT the case!!!

Michael Glidewell
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The 1599 Geneva Bible 4 Feb 2012
By J. K. Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Bonded Leather Verified Purchase
This Bible is a preferred Bible of choice due to the great renewing of the old English style text that is now in modern Times New Roman font. The Bible is easy to read and understand. The translator comments will add deeper understanding of God's Word and leave further insight into the passages you read.


This video gives some insight of the Protestant Reformation. This was one of the first Bibles that was translated into English. The truth was finally revealed to The World [after many centuries of deception and lies from The Catholic Church]. We would not have had The Bible today had it not been for God's hand over these brave men who were able to obtain the Greek and Hebrew scrolls from the Islamic Crusades. Much blood was shed so that we might have God's Precious and Holy word for access. I encourage anyone who doesn't know the history and heritage of our Christian Roots, to explore more about The Protestant Reformation.



With this said, there have been complaints about Tolle Lege Press' grammatical errors in this renewed reprint of the 1599 Geneva Bible, I have read a number of books from it thus far and have found it to be in good quality. Tolle Lege Press has made a number of revisions and it definately is great to read. With this said, however, I have seen some minor errors. Though, on their site, they do state that they would NOT change any errors that were in the original 1599 Geneva Bible in order to maintain its historical validity. Bearing this in mind, these minor/slight issue do NOT hinder the reading experience and the words in this transation is VERY POWERFUL.

I have a King James/New King James Parallel Bible and there is no comparison. The 1599 Geneva Bible is now my personal favorite. I certainly hope that new printings of the original English translations like Tyndale, Wyclife and others will be printed at some time. However, I do not agree that the apocrypha should be included with them. Tolle Lege Press made sure to NOT include these four-or-so books from being in this re-print. IT is certainly arguable. But I, personally, do not feel that these belong in God's Holy Word. They were books that were written when Israel had no prophets and have much things that are contradiction to God's Word. One must also know that the Protestant Reformers had still some bonds with the Catholic Church even though they did NOT stand united with them. Many reasons for why they kept it in the original translations, including historical information (informative). However, it will not be fruitful for any believer to actually read them.

With all this said, I definately recommend this Bible to anyone who wants a beautiful and insightful translation of the original Hebrew and Greek scrolls [Old Testiment and New Testiment].
91 of 111 people found the following review helpful
Nice to finally have a soft leather version in modern typeface, but flawed in many ways. 1 Dec 2006
By RWM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Bonded Leather
It's wonderful to finally have a genuine Geneva Bible reprinted in modern typeface and leather binding that is actually portable. It is my favorite Bible version and I've owned quite a few different reprints of this Bible over the years in various formats. Of the versions that have been reprinted, this is the most portable and complete version available with the notes of the Genevan Reformers included. The leather is supple and soft (mine is a limited edition calfskin version), and the type is dark on white india paper and very easy on the eyes.

However, as great (and historic) as the reprinting of this classic work is, there are a few things that keep it from being as perfect as it could have been:

1) It has a cross on the cover (limited calfskin edition, not sure about hardcover). But not only that, it is a Celtic cross, which legend tells us was a blending of the Roman Catholic cross and the Solar Cross, introduced by Saint Columba in order to help pagans ease their way into Christianity by linking the symbol of the cross with the symbol of their sun-god Taranis. A variation of this cross has since been adopted by neo-facists in Europe. So what's this doing on my 1599 Geneva Bible? The Reformers would be turning over in their graves. They fought hard to rid the church of religious icons such as these. A cross is simply out of place on the Bible of the Reformers and Puritans and goes against the grain of what they taught and practiced. Bad choice. Very bad choice. Guess I need a cover to hide the cross which sort of defeats the purpose of a soft, supple calfskin leather cover. What's worse on my Bible is that the cross isn't centered on the front. It's about 1 cm to the right of center, and slightly crooked. I would have preferred nothing at all on the cover instead of a crooked Celtic cross. And I'm Scottish!

2) The notes, while great, are very difficult to reference. In the original Geneva Bible, the editors used lowercase letters of the alphabet, from a to z, to indicate a note; and the note was in the margin near the verse so you didn't lose your place in the text. It is very easy in an original Geneva Bible to glance at the superscript reference letter, scan for that letter in the margin next to the verse, and read the note for that reference. After reading the note, which was sometimes long, you could glance back at the text, and continue where you left off. Simple. Unfortunately, in this reprint the publisher opted to put the notes at the bottom of the page, broken down by chapter/verse, using reference numbers within each verse that restart from 1 each time within each verse. So you have some thirty something superscript number 1's within the biblical text on each page of this Bible. So, for example, if you're reading Hosea 7:1, in order to read the reference note for this, you have to make a mental note of the chapter and verse you are on, as well as the superscript reference number for this note, then scan the bottom of the page until you find the corresponding chapter and verse, find the corresponding number within that chapter and verse, and then read the note. Then you have to find where you left off in the text above...let's see...where's note 1...oh yes, there are 30 of these little 1's throughout the text! It's even worse if there are two identical verse numbers from two different chapters on the same page...I find myself inadvertently reading the note for the wrong chapter/verse combination. The note referencing clearly wasn't thought through in this release, and it's a shame because it really is a hindrance to Bible study by causing you to memorize 3 things, chapter, verse, and annotation number, before you can find and read the note. By then your mind has probably wandered from the text. It may seem like not such a big deal, but in actual practice, it's very cumbersome and unintuitive. In the original Geneva, you only had to remember one letter, and once you finished, you could use that letter to find your spot back in the main text. Simple and effective, and shows that the Reformers were concerned with the details.

3) I bought the limited edition calfskin leather version (only 500 hand-numbered volumes were produced). The original color appeared black in the original advertisement so I was excited to be getting this reissue in black calfskin leather. However, when it finally arrived, I was surprised to find that they released it in an ugly puke-tan leather with a large gold cross emblazoned on the front. I fully expected it to be black (and cross-less) based on the photos and would have preferred it to remain that way.

4) I'm extremely concerned about the integrity of the source text that was used for this version, as well as the proofreading that was done before publishing this Bible. It appears they rushed to publish it, errors and all. I've only read 6 chapters so far and already found 3 mistakes: 1) In Luke 15:30 this version has "devoured thy good with harlots" but the original 1599 Geneva Bible that I own says "devoured thy goods with harlots", which makes more sense. If you look at digitized copies of the Geneva Bible online, they contain the same error. Over the years I've come across several errors in the standard digitized versions of the Geneva Bible, so I fear that these same errors have been replicated in this release. It is likely that Tolle Lege used the extant digitized 1599 text as a base text without checking whether that text was indeed true to the original. But the next error I found boggles my mind. 2) In 2 Peter 3:16 this version has "among the which some things are hard to be understand..." whereas the original 1599 Geneva (both online and in the copies I own) has "among the which some things are hard to be understood...". The word "understand" doesn't even make sense, and how this could have slipped past a proofreader is beyond me. 3) In 1 John 2:5 this version has "hereby we know that ye are in him" but the original 1599 Geneva Bible says "hereby we know that we are in him." Big difference in the meaning between these two verses. This version implies that we can know whether other people are saved or not. This error is not in the 1599 Geneva version I own, or the versions online, only in this version. I remember having the same issues with the Modern King James version that was released in the early 90's. It was riddled with errors like "Cod" instead of "God" making it basically useless since it couldn't be trusted. I guess it goes to show that you can't rely on computer software to proofread copy and grammar. This is a major concern and from what I've seen so far in only 6 chapters, it's not looking very promising as an accurate copy of the original Geneva Bible.

5) After two days of owning it my Bible is already falling apart (limited calfskin version). The glue that holds the vinyl to the leather front cover is already coming apart...about an inch and a half at the corner...and I've hardly used it. This is unacceptable in a Bible at any price, let alone $300. I'm not sure if the quality of the hardcover is similar to the calfskin version.

This is the most compact Geneva Bible you can hope to find on the market today. And that's why it's unfortunate there are so many issues with it. Initially I gave this Bible a 5 star rating, but after 2 days of owning it, I have to retract my rating. At the most I'd give it 3 stars, but due to the textual and grammatical errors, I simply cannot recommend it. I was going to buy 4 other copies for members of my family, but now there's no way I will. I suggest holding out until Tolle Lege comes out with a second edition in 2007 - or even the third edition. They've started to fix the grammatical errors and list them on their site - hopefully they'll also fix the quality control issues.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1599 Geneva Bible bonded leather edition..Tolle Lege Press 2006-2011 3 Aug 2011
By toni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Bonded Leather Verified Purchase
This is an absoulutely beautiful bible. I love it!!! I love the pureness of the wording and all of the original notes from the original 1599 authors. This bible is a true treasure to me. I feel like there are so many versions of the bible these days and I really dont know why that is and many of them seem to be a watered down version of the true holy scriptures. This is my favorite of any bible I have ever owned & I highly recommend it!!!!!!
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