Texts in Transit: The Cultural Afterlife of the King James Bible

Saturday, 25 June 2011
Location: Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Organisation: The Centre for Reception History of the Bible at the University of Oxford
Topic: Bible


To mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, and coinciding with the exhibition ‘Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible’ at the Bodleian Library, this day school brings together a range of distinguished scholars from across the Humanities to discuss the cultural impact and influence of this biblical translation.

Speakers will explore the use of the King James Bible in art, music, literature and theology, examining the degree to which the biblical text has transformed culture. What gave this particular translation dominance and enduring influence? What was its impact on different groups of society? How did the King James Bible become such a key cultural resource in the English-speaking world? These are just some of the questions we will address.


9.30amIntroduction: The Making of the King James Bible
CHRISTINE JOYNES (University of Oxford)
9.45amThe Literary Aferlife of the King James Bible
DAVID NORTON (University of Wellington, NZ)
10.30am“While the morning stars sang together and all the
sons of God shouted for joy”: Music inspired by the
words of the King James Bible

ANDREW GANT (The Chapel Royal)
11.45amRadicals and the King James Bible
CHRISTOPHER ROWLAND (University of Oxford)
12.30pmCatholic Critics of the King James Bible
ELLIE BAGLEY (Middlebury College, Vermont)
2.30pmThe King James Bible in Secular Society
GORDON CAMPBELL (University of Leicester)
3.45pmThe re-invention of love: the King James Bible as
existential evidence in Pre-Raphaelite art

CAROL JACOBI (Birkbeck, University of London)
4.30pmPlenary discussion

For further information or to book a place at the conference, telephone 01865 270380 or email ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk

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