Church of England Podcast with Frank Field MP

Date Published: Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The Church of England podcast with Frank Field Labour MP for Birkenhead and Trustee of the King James Bible Trust shares his thoughts in this 400th anniversary year. He tells how Church schools are marking the celebration on YouTube, why the King James version is still relevant today and even recites his favourite verse.

Listen to the podcast at: www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/follow-us-online/podcasts.aspx

Or read the transcript below:

"For those people who say it is out of date and not relevant they are always people who never read it anyway so my advice is read it and see and Frank Dobson who is a Labour collage of mine in the House and also a fan says that one piece of advice he always gives to new arrivals from other parts of the world to his constituency is; it is worth them, with all the other activities they do, to start reading the King James Bible if they really want to have some sort of feel for this country."

"The 400th anniversary is important on a number of scores, one it is 400 years and that is a record in itself for a book of this nature. The book is important for England because it tried to bind together the warring factions in the Church and it is imptortant in our relations between England and Scotland because we had a joint king for the first time and it’s important longterm because it has given us a world language."

"It is not only 400 years celebration for the King James Bible but 200 years for the National Society which is the great body that initiated - years before the State - schools which were obviously known then as church schools in this country and they are one of the groups behind these celebratrions. Part of our legacy is not just to leave the educational material we are preparing for schools, not just to leave what’s called the 66 Project – which is a work of art, whether a poem, play or reading from every book of the Bible but by some of the worlds best writers of the current time but we are trying to complete the YouTube Bible. One of the big recruiting sergeants for getting the Bible read and put on Youtube is schools."

"My first public reading was when I was a choirboy at St Nicholas’ in Chiswick and our new vicar decided we should have a ceremony of readings and carols along the line of kings and I was the first reader and I had to read Genesis Chapter Three - and there’s one small part of Macbeth I remember form my O-levels, but I remember: “And the serpent was more subtle than any other beast of the field which the Lord God had made” ... it had the most wonderful rhythms to it."

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