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Biblical Heritage Exhibit

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Geneva Bible - 1560 (24x36 poster)


The flight was at night, John Calvin, his brother and sister and two friends fled Catholic France headed to the free city of Strasbourg in the summer of 1536. Calvin himself a recent convert to this “new” evangelical faith had recently published THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, which articulated his growing protestant news. Calvin was now a wanted man, but upon arriving in Geneva the party learned they were not only welcome but they were want to stay. Geneva would be well remembered for Calvin, and Calvin for Geneva.

Calvin’s doctrines spread as did his conviction concerning the sole authority of scripture. The persecution and martyrdom of many associates and allies who had embraced such desire as producing the Bible in the common language of people compelled him to stay in Geneva and labor for the Lord. Calvin’s institute in Geneva caused John Knox to say “it is the most perfect school of Christ that ever was in the earth since the days of the Apostles.”

During the reign of Bloody Mary, many of the greatest theological minds, masters of language, laws and religion fled to Geneva and soon to follow came many translations in Hebrew, Greek, French, German, Dutch and most notable Geneva’s English New Testament of 1557 and whole Bible of 1560. Calvin’s own brother-in-law, William Whittingham was largely responsible for the work along with several other reformers of Clavin's crowd. Calvin would fight with words and win the hearts of multitudes turning them from fear of the church to faith in Christ.

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