Geneva Bible

Geneva Bible

also called  Breeches Bible 

      new translation of the Bible published in Geneva (New Testament, 1557; Old Testament, 1560) by a colony of Protestant scholars in exile from England who worked under the general direction of Miles Coverdale (Coverdale, Miles) and John Knox (Knox, John) and under the influence of John Calvin. The English churchmen had fled London during the repressive reign of the Roman Catholic Mary I, which had halted the publication of Bibles there.

      The work acquired the sobriquet “Breeches Bible” because it described Adam and Eve as having made “breeches” to cover their nakedness (Genesis 3:7), instead of “aprons” or “loincloths.” The Great Bible (named for its large page size and first ordered by Henry VIII in 1538) was restored to the churches after Elizabeth I's succession halted persecution of Anglicans and Protestants, but the Geneva Bible, imported from Europe and not printed in England until 1576, quickly surpassed the Great Bible in public favour. The work's enduring popularity made the Geneva Bible an important influence on the translators of the King James Version of 1611.

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  • Geneva Bible — Geneva Ge*ne va, prop. n. The chief city of Switzerland. [1913 Webster] {Geneva Bible}, a translation of the Bible into English, made and published by English refugees in Geneva (Geneva, 1560; London, 1576). It was the first English Bible printed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Geneva Bible — Bible Bi ble (b[imac] b l), n. [F. bible, L. biblia, pl., fr. Gr. bibli a, pl. of bibli on, dim. of bi blos, by blos, book, prop. Egyptian papyrus.] 1. A book. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. {The Book} by way of eminence, that is, the book… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Geneva Bible — noun A version of the Bible, long popular, produced by English Protestant exiles in Geneva in 1560 • • • Main Entry: ↑Genevan …   Useful english dictionary

  • GENEVA BIBLE —    the first English translation of the BIBLE to use CHAPTER AND VERSE. It was favored by the English PURITANS and used by SHAKESPEARE. It is also known as the Breeches Bible because of its translation of Genesis which normally reads garments (or …   Concise dictionary of Religion

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  • Geneva — Ge*ne va, prop. n. The chief city of Switzerland. [1913 Webster] {Geneva Bible}, a translation of the Bible into English, made and published by English refugees in Geneva (Geneva, 1560; London, 1576). It was the first English Bible printed in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Geneva convention — Geneva Ge*ne va, prop. n. The chief city of Switzerland. [1913 Webster] {Geneva Bible}, a translation of the Bible into English, made and published by English refugees in Geneva (Geneva, 1560; London, 1576). It was the first English Bible printed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Geneva cross — Geneva Ge*ne va, prop. n. The chief city of Switzerland. [1913 Webster] {Geneva Bible}, a translation of the Bible into English, made and published by English refugees in Geneva (Geneva, 1560; London, 1576). It was the first English Bible printed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bible — Bi ble (b[imac] b l), n. [F. bible, L. biblia, pl., fr. Gr. bibli a, pl. of bibli on, dim. of bi blos, by blos, book, prop. Egyptian papyrus.] 1. A book. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. {The Book} by way of eminence, that is, the book which is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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