MGB Old Testament — Full Box Set

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This is the Old Testament only which releases next year, December 2021.

The 1599 Geneva Bible is a remarkable Bible for many reasons: 

  • The first English Bible translated entirely from the Hebrew and the Greek
  • The first Bible with chapter and verse divisions
  • The first Bible printed with a legible font, Roman instead of Gothic
  • The first with maps, notes, and chronologies and indices.

Most importantly, it was intended not for displaying in churches, but for family reading.

With this in mind, the Modernized Geneva Bible (MGB) will update archaic words, spelling, and word order of the iconic Geneva Bible, so you can read without distraction the most important English Bible of the Reformation.

The Geneva went into battle with the Puritans in the English Civil War, the Geneva made enemies of popes and kings across Europe, and the Geneva even went to America with the Pilgrims. 

But the MGB Old Testament will not be a facsimile edition intended for scholars of the Reformation. The thirteen thin volumes of the MGB New Testament are meant for one thing only: to be pulled off the shelf and read again and again; to be dog-eared and written in; to be consumed.

We Christians learn to desire the pure milk of the Word as newborn infants (1 Pet. 2:2), for without feeding our souls we cannot grow spiritually.

Every design decision for this MGB New Testament was made to encourage daily Bible reading

  • Readers’ format makes the Bible easy to read compared to a typical two-columned Bible with economy-size font;
  • Unlike most other readers’ editions, the MGB retains chapter and verse markings to allow you to keep track of Bible reading plans or sermon references;
  • The thirteen thin volumes are easy to finish in a sitting or two (an average reader can complete the shortest volume in 30 minutes, the longest in just over 2 hours);
  • Creamy text stock and flexible paperback bindings are easy to hold;
  • Lined note pages and reading logs for each volume allow you to make the MGB New Testament your own;
  • Beautiful, textured, and foil-stamped slipcase makes the MGB NT elegant and easy to store.
  • Includes 90-day and 365-day reading plans

The Geneva’s original translators—Englishmen in exile from their homeland in Geneva—followed the work of William Tyndale, who famously vowed that he would help even the lowly farm boys to know more Scripture than the scholars of his time. Amen and amen!

The 39 books of the Old Testament will be separated into individual slim volumes for the MGB. Choose a book and you'll finish a whole book within 30 minutes to 4.5 hours, so you can read it again:

  1. Genesis – 3.5h
  2. Exodus – 3h
  3. Leviticus – 2h
  4. Numbers – 3h
  5. Deuteronomy – 2.5h
  6. Joshua – 1.7h
  7. Judges – 1.7h
  8. Ruth – 15m
  9. 1 Samuel – 2.2h
  10. 2 Samuel – 1.7h
  11. 1 Kings – 2h
  12. 2 Kings – 2.2h
  13. 1 Chronicles – 2h
  14. 2 Chronicles – 2.5h
  15. Ezra – 40m
  16. Nehemiah – 1h
  17. Esther – 30m
  18. Job – 1.7h
  19. Psalms – 4.5h
  20. Proverbs – 1.7h
  21. Ecclesiastes – 30m
  22. Song of Solomon – 20m
  23. Isaiah – 3.7h
  24. Jeremiah – 4h
  25. Lamentations – 20m
  26. Ezekiel – 3.7h
  27. Daniel – 1.2h
  28. Hosea – 30m
  29. Joel – 12m
  30. Amos – 25m
  31. Obadiah – 4m
  32. Jonah – 8m
  33. Micah – 20m
  34. Nahum – 8m
  35. Habakkuk – 9m
  36. Zephaniah – 10m
  37. Haggai – 7m
  38. Zechariah – 40m
  39. Malachi – 11m

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A great advance

Its most felicitous turns have gone into the Authorized...A man would need to unmake himself before he was an impartial critic.

C. S. Lewis, on the Geneva Bible

The Bible of choice

for English-speaking Protestants...England was a Protestant nation, and the Geneva Bible was its sacred book.

Dr. Alister McGrath, on the Geneva Bible

The most popular Bible

throughout Shakespeare's lifetime...[His] references are often closer to the Geneva Bible than to any other.

Dr. Naseeb Shaheen, on the Geneva Bible

The People's Bible

was deeply loved by English Protestants, and not only those of the more zealous sort

Dr. K. Edwards, Oxford Handbook on the English Bible, on the Geneva Bible

A masterpiece

of Renaissance scholarship printing and Reformation Bible thoroughness

Dr. David Daniell, Tyndale Society, on the Geneva Bible
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