The King James Bible as Literature

Thursday, 12 May 2011
Time: 18:30 - 19:30
Location: King's College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Organisation: University of Aberdeen
Topic: Bible


The College of Arts and Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen have organised a public lecture series to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. There are six lectures, all given by specialists in the field, examining the theological, political and sociological context of the KJV, its place in Scottish history and its contributions to English literature.

The King James Bible as Literature

Professor Gordon Campbell, University of Leicester

Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester, with an international reputation as a scholar of John Milton. Recent work on Milton, all for Oxford University Press, includes a collaborative monograph on the Miltonic De Doctrina Christiana manuscript (2007) and a new scholarly biography of Milton (2008); both volumes won the Hanford Prize for the best monograph of the year. His diverse range of interests include the history of the King James Bible. In 2010 he published Bible: the Story of the King James Version and a quatercentenary edition of the 1611 Bible (both for Oxford University Press). He has served as Chairman and President of the English Association and as Chairman of the Society for Renaissance Studies.

This lecture will be followed by a cheese and wine reception.


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