If you live in the DC area, or are able to travel there in the coming months, you will not want to miss the free exhibit “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible.” The Folger Shakespeare Library, in cooperation with the The Bodleian Library of Oxford University, will be exhibiting books, manuscripts, and other material in connection with the King James Bible, first published 400 years ago in 1611. The exhibit currently is on display in England, but will travel “across the pond” this fall to open at the Folger September 23, 2011. The exhibition continues through January 14, 2012. (See this link for more information: Oxford KJB Exhibition Starts Today.)
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Folger will also be presenting a Conference on “An Anglo-American History of the KJV.” Here is a brief description from the Folger Institute website:
With plenary lectures, panels, and round tables, discussion will explore the Bible’s role in provoking, defining, and then, in a sense, outlasting the English Reformation as an essential template for life, letters, art, politics, and culture. Speakers will trace the paths the KJV took through the Enlightenment and across democratic movements. Rich case studies will examine how the KJV has shaped the denominational as well as secular experience in Britain and America, touching on the larger worlds both nations encountered in their own imperial moments.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, check out this link: An Anglo-American History of the KJV Fall Conference. To register for the conference, follow these instructions found on the website:
Apply: 2 September 2011 for grants-in-aid. Those not applying for grants-in-aid may register through 16 September 2011 (assuming space remains.) All conference-goers must pay a hospitality fee of $75.00 ($50.00 for graduate students). This fee helps defray the expenses of lunch, refreshments, and the opening and closing receptions.