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The King James Bible from 1611 to 2011: Its Champions, Critics and Continuing Legacy

Story imageThe year 2011 marks the quatercentenary of the King James Version of the Bible. To mark this historic anniversary, Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion, in conjunction with the Center of Theological Inquiry and Princeton Theological Seminary, is hosting an international conference on October 13-14, 2011.  This multi-media event will address the production and reception of the King James Bible, its champions and critics, and its continuing legacy in language, culture, and religious practice.  Following a screening of the film “KJB: The Book that Changed the Worldâ€? on Thursday evening, Friday will feature three panel discussions and a keynote address by Gordon Campbell on “Language and Memory in the King James Bible.â€? Friday’s presentations will be accompanied by an on-site exhibition of an original King James Bible and several rare and significant early English Bibles from the Scheide Library. See the full conference schedule below. To view the location of the Computer Science Building on a Princeton University map, visit:

Location: multiple locations - see event schedule

Date/Time: 10/13/11 at 5:00 pm - 10/14/11 at 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 13 (Stuart Hall Room 6, Princeton Theological Seminary)
5:00 p.m. Film screening of KJB: The Book That Changed the World, followed by interview with director Norman Stone. Sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry.

Friday, October 14 (Princeton University campus)
8:30 a.m. Coffee and pastries (Friend Center Atrium)
9:00 a.m. Panel 1: The Birth of the KJB (Computer Science 104)
Robert Armstrong, Trinity College, Dublin, “The King, the Bishops and the Bible in 1611â€?
Naomi Tadmor, Lancaster University, “The Social Universe of the King James Bibleâ€?
Russ Leo, Princeton University, Society of Fellows, “Tragedy, Genre and the Authorized Version"

11:00 a.m. Panel 2: Influences, Rivals and Rivalries (Computer Science 104)
Ellie Bagley, Middlebury College, “Catholic Critics of the King James Bible, 1611-1911â€?
Leong Seow, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Christian Hebraism and its Impactâ€?
Iain Torrance, Princeton Theological Seminary, “The Continuing Vitality of the Geneva Bible after 1611â€?

12:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. Panel 3: King James Crosses the Ocean (Friend Center 101)
Matthew Brown, University of Iowa, "Using the King James Bible in Colonial and Early National America"
Peter Thuesen, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, “The Rise and Decline of Authorized Versionsâ€?
Paul Gutjahr, Indiana University Bloomington, “Dethroning the King James in the United States: Bible Translation Battles after WWIIâ€?
Philip Barlow, Utah State University, “The Newly Enthroned King James Bible in 21st-century Mormonismâ€?

4:00 p.m. Keynote Address (Friend Center 101)
Gordon Campbell, University of Leicester, “Language and Memory in the King James Bibleâ€?

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Exhibition of original King James Bible and other rare early English Bibles from the Scheide Library (Friend Center Atrium)

Category: Conference

Department: CSR