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It is a rare thing for Bunyan to use a foreign word; but all pious persons in his time were familiar with, and generally used, the Puritan or Genevan Bible, vulgarly called the Breeches Bible, an extremely valuable book; in the marginal notes of which, on this passage is the following explanation, '"wilde gourdes," which the apoticaries call coloquintida, and is most vehement and dangerous in purging.'
There were also some chained books in the church, one of which was a copy of the Breeches Bible, published in
Vinegar and a Breeches Bible, and some stone cannon-balls, mementoes of the French invasion of 1448.
But it earned the nickname of the Breeches Bible because of its curious translation of Genesis