Kirk Cameron Endorses Geneva Bible
Adam McManus : Dec 20, 2012 : Inventive Promo
"For the first time in 400 years, the Geneva Bible is available again … This Christmas, as we celebrate the Word becoming flesh (John 1:1,14) through the birth of Christ, I want people to see that the Geneva Bible ultimately inspired the end of slavery and the caste system, the solidification of free enterprise and private property, the Puritan work-ethic which animated the scientific and industrial revolutions, and the wholesome, uplifting literature which we all treasure today." -Marshall Foster, historian
(Thousand Oaks, CA)—A recent New York Times bestseller list includes Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly, America Again by Stephen Colbert, Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck, and The Racketeer by John Grisham. However, there's one glaring omission. The Bible, the bestseller of all time, is nowhere to be found. And if there ever was a list compiled which accounted for the books which had the most profound impact on the founding of America—a country which became the envy of the world in terms of economic, political and religious liberties—the 1599 Geneva Bible would be at the top of that list.
Christian historian Marshall Foster, founder of the World History Institute who wrote the introduction to the newly republished Bible, understands well its historical and theological value. "Not only was the Geneva Bible the Bible of William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Bunyan, and the Puritans, but it was the very Bible that the Pilgrims carried with them during their 66-day-long journey across the Atlantic on the Mayflower in 1620 which inspired them to adopt a constitutional, limited government broadly envisioned in their Mayflower Compact" he said.
Published years before the government-sanctioned 1611 King James Version, the Geneva Bible was labeled "seditious" by King James himself who disagreed with many of the 300,000 study notes like the one for Exodus 1:9 which indicated that the Hebrew midwives were correct in disobeying the orders of the Egyptian King to drown the Hebrew newborn boys in the Nile River.
"Amazingly, the Geneva Bible was outlawed," said Foster. "It was a Bible by the people, for the people and the book that built America. And now, for the first time in 400 years, it's available again. If I had lived in England in 1401, I would have been guilty of a capital crime if I had read the Bible in what a royal edict called the 'vulgar tongue' or the English language." In fact, after William Tyndale, an English scholar, attempted to translate the Bible into English in 1526, he was strangled and burned at the stake ten years later as he proclaimed, "Lord, open the King of England's eyes."
"This Christmas, as we celebrate the Word becoming flesh (John 1:1,14) through the birth of Christ, I want people to see that the Geneva Bible ultimately inspired the end of slavery and the caste system, the solidification of free enterprise and private property, the Puritan work-ethic which animated the scientific and industrial revolutions, and the wholesome, uplifting literature which we all treasure today," said Foster.
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