Skip to Main Content

Rare Bibles: Geneva Bible (1560)

The Styberg Library has a special collection of rare Bibles. This guide features some of the ones that are within the collection.


Printed in Switzerland in 1560 and dedicated to Elizabeth I, the Geneva Bible is a product of several Genevan scholars, including John Knox, who consulted and depended upon other translations in an effort to improve upon and provide the best translation of the Bible up to that point. Distinctly Calvinist in approach, with an introduction by John Calvin, this translation was heavily used by the Puritans and was known as “the people’s Bible.” This translation was the first to use Roman type with verse divisions. It also contains numerous elaborate engravings as well as five maps to illustrate the geography of both the Old and New Testaments and some study aids.