New Testament (MGB)

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This is the New Testament Only. The Old Testament is underway. To preview the Book of James, click here.

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) updates archaic words and word order, spelling, and vocabulary of the iconic Geneva Bible. 

We did not water down the text by removing verses or chapters or shying away from gendered pronouns. We simply made a bible without distractions to reading like extensive footnotes, rabbit-trail cross-references, graphics you can google, and noisy notifications.

So now you can read the most important English Bible of the Reformation without distraction.

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 New Testament is not 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!

ALL 27 books of the New Testament are split into thirteen slim volumes for the MGB.

Choose a book and you'll finish a whole book within 30 minutes to 2.5 hours, so you can read it again:

  1. Matthew (96 pgs)
  2. Mark (72 pgs)
  3. Luke (104 pgs)
  4. John (80 pgs)
  5. Acts (104 pgs)
  6. Romans (48 pgs)
  7. Corinthians (72 pgs)
  8. Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians (48 pgs)
  9. Colossians, Philemon, and Thessalonians (48 pgs)
  10. Timothy and Titus (48 pgs)
  11. Hebrews (48 pgs)
  12. James, Peter, and Jude (48 pgs)
  13. Epistles of John & Revelation (80 pgs)

See average read times for each book here. 

But where's the Old Testament?

The Modernized Geneva Old Testament is underway and will be released in 2021. 

 

Customer Reviews

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Gary Ste Croix
A well deserved update

I purchased the Modernized Geneva Bible after being introduced to it through Camon Press’s Same Page Summer. I had been looking for a copy of the 1599 Geneva Bible for a while. All that was available were ‘reproductions’ in old English or highly priced out of print versions
On the plus side of the ledger, it is a handsome freestanding product and is comfortable to read. It maintains the lyrical beauty of the original with updates language (think NKJV). Having individual volumes for each book makes it easier to concentrate on the book at hand without getting lost browsing through her entire New Testament
On the negative side, being in individual volumes, it make cross referencing difficult (which seems to be deliberate, see above)
Also, the slipcase is a bit too snug, causing the reader to remove several volumes to get to the one they want
Down the road, I would love to see this modernized version published with the original’s commentary and cross reference
Highly recommend

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Joe Neary
A must have!

I have never owned a muti-volume Bible nor a Geneva bible, in fact. The individual volumes make it very easy to hold and navigate while reading. The modernized translation is very readable, yet still maintains a unique style. The slipcase is of great quality and looks great on a bookshelf. This is a must have especially if you like to read bibles of different translations.

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Peggy Steele
New Testament

We are reading through the NT a chapter or two a day in the MGB to get a feel for how it reads. We like the format and are finding it faithful to our reading the same in other English translations - looking forward to Psalms and Proverbs some day.

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Customer
Great way to daily link to the past

I have a Geneva Bible but it's just hard to read through at any length. The MGB is both faithful to this translation while making it possible to read every day for Devotions. I Love it!
Would love to have a complete OT/NT and Study notes version of this.

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Zachary Potter
Essential

This is an essential element in the life of a Christian. I enjoy the readability, layout of the text, and pairs well with a theologically sound commentary. I am excited for the Old Testament as it is the foundation of the Bible. I would rather have had the Old Testament first but it is not available yet.

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
  • The Book of James, from the Folger Shakespeare Library

    The Book of James 500 years ago

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