The Bible Museum introduces our 400th Anniversary Special “Mayflower Edition”
1560 Geneva Bible Facsimile, or the 1611 King James Bible Facsimile,
to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship's
arrival in the New World on November 11, 1620.
While many people may associate the Geneva Bible with the Mayflower’s arrival bringing the Christian Pilgrims to America’s shore; in fact both the Geneva Bible and the King James Bible were present among those earliest Bibles brought to America.
Indeed, after the 1615 printing of the Geneva Bible, King James then declared it illegal to continue to print the Geneva Bible in England… and the Mayflower’s arrival in America was five years after that, in 1620. It should also be noted that the Mayflower Compact signed by these earliest of Pilgrim travelers aboard the Mayflower stated clearly that they considered themselves to still be, “the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James”.
And did you know… Later in the 1600’s, when John Eliot was producing the very first Bibles printed in America (the Eliot Algonquin Indian Bible), it was that same ship, The Mayflower, which brought his supplies to him in America! This is documented in Dr. Rendel Harris’ famous book, The Finding of The Mayflower, which was published in 1920 (the 300th Anniversary of The Mayflower’s arrival in America). John Eliot in fact used none other than the King James Version of the Bible to translate the scriptures into the Native American Algonquin language.
For these compelling reasons, we have chosen the 1560 Geneva Bible and the 1611 King James Bible (our best-selling facsimile, in a convenient standard 8.5 x 11 inch format) as the basis for our 400th Anniversary Special “Mayflower Edition” Bible. The limited edition cover has been beautifully stamped in three-color foil with an image depicting The Mayflower ship to commemorate this 400th anniversary of the momentous event that resulted in the founding of what was to become The United States of America. The entire text of The Mayflower Compact, imprinted in the preface of this special edition, is the most important document of the 1600’s. It was essentially the precursor to our country’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution, which further codified our Founding Fathers' intent to bring forth a great nation upon this land.
You Will Receive:
Our 400th Anniversary Special "Mayflower Edition"
1560 Geneva Bible
1611 King James Bible Facsimile Reproduction
An original 1616 King James Lectern Bible Leaf
An original pre-1644 Geneva Bible
The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World
This $250 value package is offered at just $149!
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The 400th Anniversary Mayflower Bible Package: $149
THE MAYFLOWER SHIP
The Mayflower ship sailed from Old England to New England, America, in September of 1620. With over
100 English colonists and a crew of 30, the Mayflower docked in Cape Cod near the Hudson River on
November 9, 1620. This group of political Separatists, later known as Pilgrims, and most being Christian
Puritans, composed a short “mission statement” to declare their purpose in establishing a settlement in the
The Mayflower Compact was signed on November 11, 1620, on board the Mayflower shortly after she came
to anchor off Provincetown Harbor. The Pilgrims had obtained permission from English authorities to settle
in a huge area called “Virginia” which at that time extended from the mid-Atlantic all the way up to what is
now New York, though they ended up landing in what is currently Massachusetts. The Mayflower Compact
was an attempt to establish a temporary, legally-binding form of self-government until such time as the
company could get formal permission from the Council of New England. The following is a transcription of
the 201-word document:
In the name of God amen: We whose names are underwritten, the loyall subjects of our dread sovereign
Lord King James by ye grace of God of Great Britaine, France and Ireland King, defender of the faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the glorie of God, and advancement of the Christian faith and honour of our King
and countrie, a voyage to plant the first colonie in ye northern part of Virginia. Doe by these presents
solemnly and mutualy in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant, and combine our selves
together into a civill body politick; for the better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends
aforesaid; and by virtue hearof, to enacte, constitute, and frame such just and equall lawes, ordinances,
Acts, constitutions, and offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the
general good of the colonie: unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness wher of have hereunder subscribed our names at Cap Codd the 11 of November, in the year
of the raigne of our soveraigne Lord King James of England, France, and Ireland the eighteenth and of
Scotland the fifty fourth Ano Dom 1620.
It is curious to note that, while these Pilgrims were fleeing England and its King, in pursuit of religious
freedom, economic freedom, and a new life in the New World; they still referred to themselves as the King’s
loyal subjects, as it was not until 156 years later in 1776 that American Colonists were ready to formally
break from England.
Dr. Rendel Harris, distinguished professor of history at Cambridge University, revealed in his 1911 book
The Finding of the Mayflower, that his long season of research verified the authenticity of an old barn as
being partially constructed from timbers of the original Mayflower ship. The barn is located and still stand
as a Quaker meeting house and farmhouse called The Jordans. In the farm house’s old kitchen, is a cabin
door from the Mayflower. William Penn is buried at The Jordans alongside his two wives and 10 of his 16
children. The barn has been used as a Christian conference center, with guests of all religious persuasions
The saga of the Pilgrim fathers and their voyage aboard the famous ship is a tale of religious conviction
resolute courage, and a remarkable oneness of spirit. Although not “the first English colonists in America”, they were the first to venture there for sake of conscience.
A Special Note From Dr. Craig Lampe, Regarding The Mayflower Bible
The Mayflower ship with its Pilgrim passengers symbolize the first English colony to settle in the New World in search of religious freedom. The adventure was a three thousand-mile heroic quest documented in the Mayflower Compact, a 201 word "mission statement" of self-government that ranks among our greatest symbols of American liberty such as the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution in 1787. William Bradford, wrote in his journal as they landed in the harsh winter of 1620: "Being thus arrived in good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element."
In 1976, when America celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution, Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee published the Bicentennial Family Bible, which sold millions of copies. That date marks the last time that our nation rallied around our Christian freedoms with such a special edition Bible, and it was the 1611 King James Bible.
In 2020 we will be celebrating the 400th Anniversary of our freedoms represented by the 1620 landing of The Mayflower ship, and the King James Bibles and Geneva Bibles brought with them. From their tiny settlement at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, would in due time emerge, the greatest nation on earth.
In order to remember the Pilgrims and commemorate the 400th Anniversary of America's beginnings, the Bible Museum is publishing this special facsimile of the 1560 Geneva Bible and the 1611 King James Version of the Bible with a beautiful replica of the Mayflower Compact signed by 41 courageous passengers on November 11, 1620. The colony's seal, created even before their arrival in the New World, showed a native American saying, "Come over and help us."
Join with thousands of American families in this 400th year to remember our Christian Heritage and to declare it for our children's sake.