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.

Show and Tell

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible is currently on view at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS; the University of Minnesota  in Minneapolis/St.Paul; and the University of Texas at Brownsville in Brownsville, TX.  Later this month, the exhibition opens at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

A family Bible owned by Tim Strand, published in 1684 in Copenhagen. Photo by Susan Gangl.

Both William Carey University and the University of Minnesota have shared photos from events related to the Manifold Greatness exhibition.  The University of Minnesota hosted two events over the weekend, including a  “Manifold Greatness Colloquium” on Friday. Over 70 people gathered to see the traveling exhibit, as well as a local exhibition entitled  “The Word Made Flesh” which showcased rare Bibles. The colloquium included presentations by scholars from the University of Minnesota, Bethel University and Luther Seminary, as well as a reception with music, tea, and scones!

On February 5, a “Share Your Bible” workshop for adults and children encouraged participants to share family Bibles and memories. William Carey University is also showcasing family Bibles, and has photographs of many of these heirlooms on display along with the Manifold Greatness traveling exhibition.

To view photos of events at William Carey University and the University of Minnesota, please visit Flickr.

Amy Arden is a communications associate at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Folger partnered with the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, to produce Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible.

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