HOW MANY BIBLES WERE THERE? By SpiritualDictionary.comMost of the new Bibles used today, such as the Revised Standard Version are simply updates of the King James Version. There have been many versions and translations of The Bible. The first one written in English was in the 1500s. One of the most popular was the Geneva Bible that lasted 80 years, and went out of print in 1644. The first Geneva Bible, both Old and New Testaments, was first published in English in 1560 in what is now Geneva, Switzerland. William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, and the Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620, used the Geneva Bible exclusively. Until he had his own version named after him, so did King James. He then denied all knowledge of the Geneva Bible. King James I of England believed in the ‘divine right of kings,’ which meant that since a king’s power comes from God, the king then had to answer to no one but God. The reasoning was that if a king was evil, then that was a punishment sent from God. The citizens should then suffer in silence. If a king was good, then that was a blessing sent from God. This is why the Geneva Bible annoyed King James so much, it didn’t agree with that point of view. The religion in James’ time was not what it is today. In that era the government-controlled religion. If someone lived in Spain at the time, he had two religious ‘choices:’
- Roman Catholicism
- The Inquisition – reserved for ‘heretics,’ or people who didn’t think the way the Government wanted them to. To governments of that era, heresy and treason were the same.
- The rack, burning at the stake, being drawn and quartered, or some other form of ‘persuasion’