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.

After the Exhibit: Final Thoughts

Kennesaw State University's 1611 King James Bible facsimile on display.

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible left Kennesaw State University early last week, but it was not until Monday evening that we concluded our series of collaborative programming. To cap off a month of events, author Phillip DePoy spoke on his historical thriller, The King James Conspiracy, highlighting the continued fascination with the Bible’s translation.

The Manifold Greatness exhibition allowed the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books the unprecedented opportunity to partner with the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, the Cobb County Public Library System, the Smyrna Public Library, and Clayton State University in a span of five weeks.

Treasures found in a Bible at the event: Family Bibles: A Historical and Genealogical Resource.

All of our events were well attended, drawing over 300 university and community members to participate in panel discussions, lectures, and workshops. Topics that spanned the spectrum from 17thcentury religious music to the development of a novel’s plot drew diverse crowds and sparked interesting and insightful discussions. We anticipate that this dialogue will continue through ongoing book clubs and upcoming events hosted as part of Kennesaw State University’s exhibit, How God Became English: The Making of the King James Bible.

Thank you to the National Endowment to the Humanities, the American Library Association, the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, and the Folger Shakespeare Library for their wonderful work and guidance on this project. Best of luck to the remaining institutions, we look forward to reading about, and learning from, your programs and experiences.

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