Burke Library Announces New Exhibition, "Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible"
NEW YORK, October 10, 2011 –

The Burke Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition currently on display.  Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, is a traveling exhibit highlighting the creation and afterlife of the King James Bible.


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The exhibit not only highlights the dramatic history behind the making of the King James Bible, which celebrates its 400th anniversary since it was first printed this year, but also includes its influence on English and American literature, and its multifaceted impact on culture and society to the present day.

The exhibit reveals that less than a century before it was produced, the very idea of the Bible translated into English was considered dangerous and even criminal and that it took the meticulous work of some four dozen of England’s top scholars, who labored for years to complete the translation, to produce what is now named "the King James Bible" after its royal sponsor, James I.

Equally compelling is the story of the book's afterlife—its reception in the years, decades, and centuries that followed its first printing, and how it came to be so ubiquitous.

This breathtaking panel exhibition focuses on the human side of this major cultural landmark and explores the book's social, cultural, literary, and religious influence over four centuries, from Pilgrim’s Progress to Handel's Messiah, to the Apollo 8 astronauts as they read from Genesis—in the King James Bible translation—while they orbited the Moon.

This a traveling exhibition was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be on display in Burke Library until October 28, 2011.

The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary is world renowned, containing rich collections for theological study and research with holdings of over 700,000 items including unique and special materials. Throughout its long history, the Burke Library has maintained its commitment to the needs of both teaching and research, serving the faculty, students, and staff of Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, as well as a wide spectrum of national and international scholars and researchers.  For more information, please visit: /content/libraryweb/indiv/burke.html

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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