The Book of Common Prayer & Geneva Bible (1614 AD)

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The Book of Common Prayer & Geneva Bible (1614 AD)
Alternative Title
Geneva Bible
Quarto "The Book of Common Prayer"
The Geneva Bible is named after the city Geneva, Switzerland where a number of Protestants, exiled there by the Catholic Church, translated their own Bible. The translators were lead by William Whittingham, "who took as his basic text not the Great Bible but Tyndale... and revised it 'by the most approved Greek examples and conference of translations in other tongues'" Before compiling the full Bible in 1560, they published the New Testament and Psalms in 1557 and a revised Psalter in 1559.

The Geneva bible had "a long history, running to at least 140 editions--Bible or Testament--until the last of 1644." It came to be considered "the family Bible of the English people and it was the first Bible printed in Scotland" due to its strong Protestant stance (Ackroyd).

This edition is a later reprint of the original Geneva Bible. It was printed in London by Robert Barker who also printed the first King James Bible in 1611.

This Bible is called "The Book of Common Prayer" as it contains prayers to be said in the church at certain times of the day as well as various instructions on how to administer various rites such as the Holy Sacrament or Communion, baptism, marriages, the administration to the sick, etc. It also contains David's Psalms in the beginning of the book with instructions on which chapters to read so as to have the entire book read within a month.
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Ackroyd, Peter R., C. F Evans, G. W. H. Lampe, and S. L. Greenslade. 1963. The Cambridge History of the Bible. University Press, 1963-70. Vol. 3.
Date Created
1614 AD
Robert Barker
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
17th Century
Collecting Areas
Groberg Collection
English History of Writing Collection
English English Bibles
Bibliographic Citation
_The Booke of Common Prayer, with the Pfalter or Pfalmes of David, Of that Tranflation which is appointed to be vfed in Churches_ (London: Robert Barker, 1614), and _The Bible: Traflated according to the Hebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the beft Tranflations in diuers languages: With moft profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appeare in the Epiftle to the Reader. And alfo a moft profitable Concordance for the ready finding out of any thing in the fame conteined_ (London: Robert Barker, 1615).

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