Inside take on a Folger, Bodleian, and Ransom Center exhibition on the creation and afterlife of the King James Bible on the 400th anniversary of its publication.

Welcome to Manifold Greatness!

The words of the 1611 King James Bible ring out today in books, poems, popular songs, speeches, and sermons. But who translated it, and what made this particular translation so influential?

Jointly produced by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Manifold Greatness tells the little-known story of one of the most widely read and printed books in the history of the English language: the King James Bible.

Learn more about the origins and later impact of this towering achievement—which marks its 400th anniversary in 2011—as our curators share their discoveries and impressions through posts, images, video interviews, and more.

Join us to explore the dangerous world of earlier English Bibles, which could bring a death sentence to a translator… the massive, multiyear project that produced the King James Bible… and its later roles on both sides of the Atlantic, from family record-keeping to presidential inaugurations, and from literature to public devotion.

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