The Geneva Bible

The Geneva Bible, which was published in English in Switzerland in 1560 by English Protestants, is also known as the “Breeches Bible” because in its translation of Genesis, Adam and Eve mask their shame by sewing pants, or “breeches,” out of fig leaves. The Geneva Bible was used by the Pilgrims and Puritans in New England until it was gradually replaced by the King James Bible of 1611.

The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament. Geneva, 1560. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress

Call number: BS170 1560

The Geneva Bible

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