This year, 2011, marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The Bible is not just a bestselling book but also, holy scripture and therefore, one wishes to honor this 400th anniversary but at the same time keep in mind the reverence that it is due. The language of the King James Bible is so beautiful, that I defy anyone to find something that can surpass it. There are other versions, of course, but I find that when you are thinking of a verse from the bible, it is the King James version that readily comes to mind. Do you remember the TV show "A Charlie Brown Christmas"? Charles Schultz had to work very hard to get the television station to allow Linus to quote from the King James Bible.
I can just imagine how much harder it would be to try and do something like that now.
There is a small church in Wiltshire, England called St. Lawrence Church. Inside this church there is an old bible which had a small sign stating that it was an actual 1611 King James Bible. Someone decided to research it, and lo and behold (another King James expression?) it WAS! I will try to show you the sign itself...
One of the men who was in charge of getting this documented had this to say: "When we took it for evaluation to the curator of a Bible Museum, one of the first things he said was whatever you do, you MUST display this so that people can read the Word. That stuck with me, you know, the fact that it's what it says rather than what it is."
There is an exhibit about the King James Bible which is called "Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible". This exhibit will travel for two years across the USA and the very last stop will be at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers, Georgia! (Mark your calendars now, it will be in May of 2013.) It is an amazing thing for this to come here. One of the reasons given for the honor was this: Rockdale County, being one of the smallest counties in Georgia, boasts nearly 300 churches, or roughly, two churches per square mile.
There is a project by You Tube so that the King James Bible will be read in its entirety. I love the idea of many people from around the world reading these chapters from the King James Bible, all people from all walks of life. Please watch and listen to this wonderful actress reading from the Book of John. I find this to be extraordinarily moving.
"PEACE BE UPON YOU"