400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

Photos of selected displays

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The year 2011 marked the 400thanniversary of the publication of what is now known as the “Authorized Version” or the “King James Bible,” the work of scholars and translators within the Church of England completed during the early years of the reign of King James I. Libraries around the world commemorated the 1611 work produced by Robert Barker, the King’s Printer.  

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“Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” was a traveling exhibit organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D. C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, based upon an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas, to mark the anniversary.  The Manifold Greatness exhibit was at the University of Minnesota’s Wilson Library on the Twin Cities campus earlier this year.

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Alan G. Thomas’ statement about the King James Bible has been accepted and repeated:
‘No book has had greater influence on the English language.’  Linguistics scholar David Crystal’s 2010 book BEGAT The King James Bible and the English Languageinvestigated the Thomas’ comment by asking “Is it true?”  

 

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World-wide interest in the translation was evidenced through lectures, exhibits, analysis, publications, discussions, reading groups, and examinations both casual and broad to formal and precise by deeply religious to completely unreligious people

 

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He also asked the question what do words like “influence” and “shaping” really mean?  The UMD Library Special Collections exhibit selectively draws upon and highlights these questions.

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Alan G. Thomas’ statement about the King James Bible has been accepted and repeated:
‘No book has had greater influence on the English language.’  Linguistics scholar David Crystal’s 2010 book BEGAT The King James Bible and the English Languageinvestigated the Thomas’ comment by asking “Is it true?”

 

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How many expressions of biblical origin come specifically from the King James Bible?
Look at the exhibit, and decide for yourself.

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How many expressions of biblical origin come specifically from the King James Bible? Look at the exhibit, and decide for yourself.

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How many expressions of biblical origin come specifically from the King James Bible?
Look at the exhibit, and decide for yourself.

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How many common phrases that we use without even thinking about them – how many come from the Bible? 
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The first hand-held electronic publication of the Holy Bible. Model KJ-21 King James Version, by Franklin Electronic Publishers. The Franklin KJ-21 was introduced in 1989.
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How much has the language of the Bible influenced modern English?
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