Meredith College commemorated the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible with a panel discussion on November 15, 2011.
This “birthday celebration” panel discussion featured Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Shannon Grimes, Professor of History Michael Novak, and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities Garry Walton.
Between each faculty member's presentation, Meredith students Amy Hruby and Ashley Matthews read passages from the King James Version of the Bible. Musicians Ashleigh Phillips and Rebecca Brodney provided a musical version of Psalm 23.
Grimes’ presentation, Translations Matter: Comparing King James and Modern Bibles, explored some of the issues any translation of the Bible, including omissions and insertions of words.
Novak spoke about the “King James Bible as Antidote to Protestant Theology.” He explained the historical context of the translation, and what King James and his translators hoped to accomplish with this new version.
Walton’s topic was the majesty of the King James Version, sharing that the poetic nature of the language used is one of the reasons this version of the Bible is significant. He said many important works of literature, including Paradise Lost and the Gettysburg Address, echo the language of the King James Version.
“The language is sonorous and stately, elevated and elegant,” Walton said.
This event was sponsored by the Meredith College School of the Arts and Humanities.
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