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Easter 2011

Easter Newsletter
The King James Bible Trust would like to thank everyone for your support in raising awareness of the impact of the King James Bible, in this its anniversary year. The Trust has already enjoyed great success so far this year, with some key highlights below.
A Right Royal YouTube
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, our Patron, has added his own reading to our YouTube Bible. He chose to read John Chapter 17 and read it from the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace. The reading was warmly received. The posts by admirers on social networking site Twitter amused the Prince, who joked with supporters of the King James Bible Trust, at our recent Clarence House Reception, about the compliments, some of which urged him to take up narrating full time.
Click here to see the clip.

We aim to have every chapter and verse of the KJB read by people from all over the world by the end of 2011. We already have Benjamin Chew from Singapore reading Proverbs Chapter 2 and Tuvia Pollack from Israel reading Hosea Chapter 14. Why not contribute yourself too?
Click here to learn how.
Royal Recollection
Barnaby Taylor, 12, from Knights Templar School in Baldock, has sent us his personal recollection of meeting HRH The Prince of Wales at the KJBT Reception at Clarence House in March. With four peers he delighted the guests with dramatic readings from St Matthew's Gospel from the KJB. It was a night the five will never forget.
Click here to read Barnaby's essay.
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Click here for the report on our Clarence House Reception
Keynote lecture in Hampton Court setting
The Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace is the setting for the "Quattro-Centenary Lecture on the King James Bible: its impact over 400 years, 1611 - 2011" on 11th May, to be given Melvyn Bragg.
This coincides with the release of Melvyn Bragg's new book "The Book of Books: the Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011". The broadcaster told The Telegraph recently that "the abolition of slavery was driven by the King James Bible. It gave slaves a common language and purpose", and "women like Octavia Hill were empowered by the Bible to clear slum areas, to help people... It was a big strand of the suffragettes' movement". His lecture will elaborate on the social impact and literary importance of the King James Bible.
Click here for tickets
Musical Merit
We are all eagerly anticipating the finals in May of the KJBT Composition Awards, in association with the Royal College of Music and Westminster Abbey. The judges announced their shortlist for the two best new compositions of Church music inspired by the KJB last month.
Click here for information on the finalists
International Meeting
The Society of Biblical Literature is hosting a four-day symposium at King's College London in July entitled; "The KJV at 400: Assessing its Genius as Bible Translation and Its Literary Influence". There will be an opening welcome from The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York. The conference is a set of special lectures and discussions that are open to the public.
Click here to register and for more details on the Symposium
Debate the KJB on the BBC
The Big Questions, BBC One's religious, moral and ethical debate show, will mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible by recording a very special episode debating the impact and influences of the famous text on the afternoon of Sunday 1 May in Bury, Greater Manchester.

If you'd like to attend the show, or for further details, please email audiencetbq@mentorn.tv as soon as possible and leave a contact telephone number. If you are applying for more than one ticket, please include names and contact details for all the people interested in attending.
KJB Events galore
Community groups and churches across the UK and overseas are busy marking the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. Amongst the host of events planned, Hatfield House, which also celebrates its 400th year, is putting on an exhibition of a copy of the King James Bible belonging to Robert Cecil, chief minister to King James I. It is on public view for the first time as part of the celebrations.
Click here to see all national and international events, or even upload your own
The King James Bible Trust wishes you a very Happy Easter.
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
Matthew Chapter 28 Verses 18-20

December 2010

Christmas Newsletter
By Royal Approval
The King James Bible YouTube project has been given a royal seal of approval. Her Majesty The Queen recently visited the St. Mary & St. Pancras Primary School, London, where two of the children read verses from the King James Bible in her presence. She was clearly delighted with the reading, and it was a day that the children will never forget. Click here to see them.
KJBT Launch
A whole host of luminaries, clergy, celebrities, historians, writers and journalists from around the world gathered at the Banqueting House in Whitehall in November for our official launch. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was the guest of honour, with TV Presenter Katie Derham hosting the event. Our Chairman, Frank Field MP opened the evening and the distinguished actor Timothy West gave a powerful reading from the Gospel of St Matthew. The historian Niall Ferguson spoke about the cultural and historical importance of this translation, and children from Bacon's school in Rotherhithe gave us an imaginative presentation describing their recent encounter with the KJB in the classroom. Lord Salisbury, a Trustee, kindly loaned his original 1611 version of the King James Bible for guests to see. Click here to browse through our gallery of pictures of the evening. or take a look at the video from the evening on the homepage too.
Press Coverage
Following the Launch there has been keen interest amongst the media in the King James Bible Trust. Robert McCrum wrote in The Observer about the huge influence the KJB has had on the English language, selling 1 billion copies since it was published in 1611, the Scottish composer, James McMillan, writes in his Telegraph blog about the powerful influence of the KJB, and the former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, and the author Professor Gordon Campbell discussed the cultural contribution made by the KJB to Britain on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. Click here to see all press coverage
2011 Events
There are a vast number of Events scheduled in 2011 to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible, from King James Bible Lectures at Hereford Cathedral, to Choral Evensong celebrating the KJV at Glasgow University Memorial Chapel and an exhibition of a collection of rare Bibles at Dunham Bible Museum in Houston, Texas, USA, to name but a few. Click here to see all the Events registered with us so far.
All of us at the King James Bible Trust would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas.
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, good will toward men"
St Luke, Chapter 2
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