The Daily Helmsman

A celebration 400 years in the making

By Chesea Boozer

News Reporter

Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, a lecture tonight will encourage attendees to view the book in a literary light.

Bible scholar Robert Alter, professor of Hebrew language and comparative literature at UC Berkeley, will discuss how the version of the Bible, first published in 1611, has transformed the way society as a whole thinks and writes.

The event, sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theater. The lecture will follow at 6:30 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

"The lecture will be a way where you can recognize just how influential the King James Bible has been on what we write and how we say things and just how we think as a whole," Goudsouzian said.

Joseph Hayden, associate director of MOCH, said the lecture will provide more understanding about the book's importance.

"If students want to know more about the text that has shaped virtually all major writers in one way or another, even songwriters and script writers, this is the perfect opportunity to get insight from one of the world's leading experts," Hayden said.

In a partnership with Rhodes College, The U of M will cosponsor a series of events exploring the translation of the bible.

The series began yesterday with the opening of "Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible," which will be displayed at the Barret Library through Dec. 21.

Other events include a concert by a New York-based early music ensemble at Rhodes on Nov. 13 and a roundtable discussion with five scholars from various universities at Rhodes on Nov. 11. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Goudsouzian said the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible was a perfect topic for a MOCH sponsored event.

"We want to do events that bridge what goes on in the intellectual world with what goes on with our students and what goes on in the community," Goudsouzian said. "And, we feel like this is the perfect event for that."

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