This much-loved English Bible was neither created nor first printed in England. The Geneva Translation — as its name implies — was compiled in Geneva, Switzerland, where many English reformers had moved to avoid the persecution in England. The popularity of this Bible even surpassed that of the Great Bible, which had been released 20 years earlier. Its widespread acceptance was due to several things: This truly was the first English Bible created for — and accepted by — the common people.

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