Editorial #1: Translating the 1560 Geneva Bible…


I fell in love with the 1560 Geneva Bible. I had checked one out from the local Library, if you happen to live in Michigan you can use MelCat. You can request a copy from Niles District Library, or you can do what I did and purchase a new copy from Amazon. 

Photograph by CD VanWoert

How many ways are there to spell ‘eye’?

I also fell in love with the old style words and how they were spelled back then is actually quite beautiful. I will admit that there are a few times I have to double check to make sure that an “s” is an “s” and not actually an “f”. One example of the words that I will be translating is “eie”; which is “eye”. 

Ecclesiasticus 3:15 in the Geneva reads; For the good intreatie of thy father shal not be forgotte’, but it shalbe a fortress for thee against sinnes, [and for thy mothers offence thou shalt be recompensed with good, and it shalbe founded for thee in righteousnes.]

Ecclesiasticus 3:15 in the Geneva reads; For the good intreaty of your father shall not be forgotten, but it shall be a fortress for you against sins, [and for your mother’s offense you shall be recompensed with good, and it shall be founded for you in righteousness.]

I am translating the spelling of the words from Early Modern English to what we use now which is Late Modern English. I am also putting it into sentence structure. Growing up and learning to read, it was sentence to sentence. 

When reading the Bible, I was always wondering why there were so many “verses” that were incomplete sentences or more than two sentences in one “verse”. I was brought up that you just read it, do not ever question it, because that is a SIN if you do. I have since grown up and know differently. 

A friend asked his Pastor when he was fourteen, “How many sentences are there in the Bible?” He could not give him an answer. He did not know. 

Do you know how many sentences there are in the Bible? 

Would you like to know? 

We will find out together starting with the Gospel of John, continuing with John’s Epistles, and finishing with the Revelation of Jesus. After we finish the works of John we will continue with the rest of the New Testament. Are you ready for an interesting journey?

In His Service,

CD “Sweets” VanWoert, the Editor

Editorial #2

Gospel of John 1-25