The King James Bible at 400: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Time: 7pm
Location: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Organisation: The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Topic: Bible


The King James Bible at 400:
Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

Sponsored by the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago

Randall Zachman, Professor of Reformation at the University of Notre Dame, will share insights into the lives of the scholars engaged by King James to examine the original Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible in order to provide a new translation responsive to the political and religious culture of the day. Who were these men and what role did King James play in shaping the message and meaning of the Bible? What influence did previous English translations, such as Tyndale, Coverdale, the Great Bible, and the Geneva Bible, have on the new translation? And as contemporary readers of the Bible, what does a translator’s role mean for our own interpretations of biblical texts? What impact do vernacular translations have on contemporary culture?

There wil also be opportunity to view two editions of the King James Bible, a first issue and a second issue, from the library’s permanent collection. To complement the King James, previous English translations, including the Coverdale Bible published in 1539 and the first officially approved Bible printed in English, will also be on view.

This event is free, but registration is requested.

To register, please contact Deanna Fedaj at (312.573.3364)

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