In the Rotunda Gallery
Words and phrases from the King James Bible appear in literature, movies, speeches, popular songs and sermons today, but oddly, many of us know very little of the history of that venerable book. Translated over several years by six committees of England’s top scholars, and first published in 1611, the King James Bible became the most influential English translation to date.
The Library District honors the 400th anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible by hosting a traveling exhibit examining its history and impact. The Manifold Greatness exhibit will be on view to the general public in the Adriance Rotunda Gallery from May 29 – June 29. In addition, nine public programs and a film series are planned, giving the community an opportunity to learn about the history of the King James Bible and gain a better understanding of the book’s social, cultural, literary and religious influence.
The exhibit Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible offers a ‘biography’ of one of the world’s most widely read books. The fourteen artistic display panels combine fascinating narrative text with beautiful images of rare books, manuscripts, and works of art to trace the extraordinary process of translating and printing the King James Bible, and its multifaceted impact on the world.