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date: 26 June 2019

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The greatly increased circulation of the printed Bible in English in the sixteenth century owes itself particularly to the production of the Geneva Bible. Cheaper and more accessible than any previous vernacular printed Bible, and packed with reading aids surrounding the scriptures, the Geneva Bible extended the possibility for the application of private reading practices to the scriptures. Its abundance of paratexts and supplementary material provided guidance to individual readers and facilitated the growth of domestic Bible-reading communities. This chapter explores the community of translators in exile, the French textual and theological influences that shaped the English Geneva Bible, the theological developments represented in the book’s expanding paratexts, and the reception and circulation of the Geneva Bible in England.

Keywords: Bible translation, Geneva Bible, Beza, paratexts, reading practices, European Calvinism, biblical glosses

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