The King James Bible and its fascinating and complex history remain surprisingly little known. First printed in 1611, the King James Bible became the most influential English translation of the Bible and one of the most widely read books in the world. Even many of those whose lives have been affected by the King James Bible may not realize that less than a century before it was produced, the very idea of the Bible translated into English was considered dangerous and even criminal. This exhibition takes a look at the dramatic history of the King James Bible, what we know about the scholars who translated it, and how it has continued to influence literature, culture, and society for over 400 years — from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech to the words of Handel’s Messiah.
The opening for the exhibit will be on Sunday, October 7 at 4:10 p.m. in W.R. Coe Library, room 506. Dr. Philip Stine, Bible translation scholar, will lecture on the creation and early reception of the King James Bible and he will be available to sign copies of his book, “Four Hundred Years On the Best Seller List.”
In conjunction with the exhibit, a series of lectures, films, and book displays are scheduled throughout the month of October. For further exhibit and program information, call (307) 766-3279 or visit the website for details.