John Calvin, John Knox,
Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony
Gilby, and others, were included to explain and
interpret the scriptures for the common people.
For nearly half a century
these notes helped the people of England,
Scotland, and Ireland understand the Bible and
King James despised the Geneva Bible because he
considered the notes on key political texts to
be seditious and a threat to his authority.
Unlike the King James Version, the Geneva Bible
was not authorized by the government. It was
truly a Bible by the people and for the people.
You can see why this remarkable version with its
profound marginal notes played a key role in the
formation of the American Republic.