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Scholars to lead discussions on “Manifold Greatness” exhibit at Centre


March 14, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
Manifold Greatness The traveling exhibit “Manifold Greatness: the Creation and
Afterlife of the King James Bible” will be on display from April
17 to May 17 in the Grace Doherty Library. Scholars—including
two Centre professors—will also lead discussions on topics
related to the exhibit.

“Manifold Greatness: the Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” will be on display from April 17 to May 17 in the Grace Doherty Library. The traveling exhibit is made possible thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and was developed and organized in partnership by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the American Library Association (ALA).

The exhibit at Centre honors the 400th anniversary of the original publication of the King James Bible.

“We are delighted and honored to be the only Kentucky site chosen by the NEH and the Folger Library to host the traveling exhibit ‘Manifold Greatness,’” says Stan Campbell, Centre’s director of library services. “The exhibition consists of a series of beautifully designed panels, and seeks to answer fundamental questions about what may be the most influential single text in the English language. What is the real name of the King James Bible? Who translated the King James Bible? How was the King James Bible received?”

In conjunction with “Manifold Greatness,” the Doherty Library will also display rare items in the Thomas A. Spragens Rare Book Room and Archives Display Case, including Centre’s copy of the Geneva Bible, which pre-dates the King James Bible.

Several scholars will also speak on topics related to the exhibit and the King James Bible, including Centre professors Philip White and Amos Tubb. White, associate professor of English, will lead a discussion, “A Miracle of Style: Some Ways the King James Bible Affected Later Writers and Writing,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Grissom Reading Room of the Doherty Library. Tubb, associate professor of history, will give a lecture on “The History of Publishing in England and the King James Translation” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 in the Grissom Reading Room.

“It was the intention of the religion program and the librarians of Centre to design a program of scholars presenting papers and leading discussions to supplement and ideally enhance the experience of viewing the exhibition,” Campbell says.

Other discussions around the “Manifold Greatness” exhibit include:


• “Misquoting Jesus: Scribes who Changed the Scriptures and Readers Who May Never Know,” led by Bart Ehrman, professor at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in Newlin Hall.

• “The ‘Birthing’ of the King James Version of the Bible: Two Hundred years of Labor Pains,” led by Eugene March, Arnold B Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22 in Vahlkamp Theatre.

• “Family Bibles as Sources for Legal Documents and Historical Research,” led by genealogist and researcher Carolyn Crabtree at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Boyle County Public Library.

• “Authenticity and Authority: The King is Dead, Long Live the King,” led by Rev. Mark Davis of the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 in the Vahlkamp Theater.


All events are free and open to the public, and should add greatly to the exhibit experience.

“With presentations by such scholars as these, we think have created a wide-ranging series that will be illuminating, entertaining, provocative and true to the spirit of the exhibition,” Campbell says.

For more information about “Manifold Greatness,” click here.



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