The King James Bible was the result of a seven-year effort to create an English-language Bible that would provide not only provide accurate translations of the original Latin, Hebrew, and Greek texts, but also be appropriate, dignified, and resonant in public reading.
By most accounts, those who worked on the Bible succeeded magnificently. Last year was the 400th anniversary of publishing of the King James Bible, whose blend of poetry and piety has nurtured generation after generation.
The story of the King James Bible is explored in the traveling exhibit Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, on display from July 12 through August 10, 2012 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The exhibit - featuring reproductions of historic books, manuscripts, and works of art - tells the story of the origins, creation, and impact of the book, including its influence on English and American literature, and its multifaceted impact on culture and society to the present day. It's a monumental tale of a book's social, cultural, literary, and religious influence over four centuries.
Two lectures are planned for the Central Library in conjunction with the exhibit, both at the Central Library:
Religious scholar Wilburn Stancil discusses the History and Development of the King James Bible on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Author Douglas Hundley offers A Reader's Guide to the King James Bible on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Manifold Greatness was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., the Bodleian Libraries, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bible's publication. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.