Geneva Bible

A 1560 translation of the Bible into English popularly known as the “Breeches Bible” from its rendering of Genesis 3:7 (“They made themselves breeches”-AV “aprons”). It was translated at Geneva by a committee of Protestant exiles which probably included William Whittingham and John Knox. Its Calvinistic annotations greatly irritated James I of England, but delighted and instructed his increasingly Puritan subjects. Used widely for two generations, it became the official version of the Scottish Kirk and the household Bible of English- speaking Protestants everywhere. Gradually replaced by the Authorized Version of 1611, the last Geneva Bible was published in 1644.

See also

  • Bible, English Versions