The Good Book, KJV, comes to E-town
"Sinful," "Criminal," "Dangerous" critics of an earlier age might have proclaimed the first English translation of the Bible.
But even if "rave reviews" like that existed, they didn't stop the King James Version from becoming what some regard as the best-read book in the world.
The exhibit "Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible" will open Saturday and continue through Feb. 21 at the High Library at Elizabethtown College.
The traveling exhibit, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bible's printing, features reproductions based on an exhibit developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.
E-town College will supplement it by showcasing a copy of a 1599 Geneva Bible, a 1712 Marburg Bible, and a Behrleburg folio, which includes a Bible from the 1730s.
--At an opening reception at 2 p.m. Saturday in the library, Dr. Jeffrey Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, will speak on "In the Beginning Was the Word."
--Professors Christina Bucher, Suzanne Webster Roberson and Louis Martin will discuss "Shakespeare, Literature and the Language of the King James Bible" at 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in the library.
--Professor Patricia Ricci will talk on "The Bible as Art" at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 in Brinser Lecture Room, Steinman Hall.
--"The King James Version: Your Family Bible Memories" is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the library; attendees are encouraged to bring their family KJV Bibles and read from them.
--A closing reception is set for 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the library with college librarian BethAnn Zambella speaking.
For more information, visit etown.edu.n