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Authorized Versions: Perspectives on the King James Bible

March 27, 5:00 pm, Marsh Lounge, Billings Center

The year 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, the English translation that became the standard Protestant version of the Christian scriptures.  Researched, translated, and interpreted by teams of scholars at the direction of Great Britain’s King James I, the King James Bible has been the basis of Protestant biblical interpretations ever since.

How did this monumental work of literature and theology come to be?  Three UVM faculty members will offer theological, historical, and literary perspectives on the coming of the King James Bible and its place in the early modern world.

  • Anne Clark (Religion): Before the King James: Medieval Bibles and Their Users
  • Charles F. Briggs (History): The Problematic Publishing Background of the Bible in English, from Wyclif through the Mid-Sixteenth Century
  •  Andrew Barnaby (English): Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ and the King James Bible

This panel discussion is one of a series of events cosponsored by the Friends of Special Collections and the Durick Library, St. Michael’s College, in coordination with a traveling exhibit on the King James Bible, Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible. The exhibit, organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office,  was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Manifold Greatness will be on display at the Durick Library between April 11 and May 11, 2012.

The event is open to the public. For more information, call 656-2138 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu

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