The Big 400: Local Organizations Celebrate King James Bible’s Anniversary

Grace College & Seminary, The Remnant Trust and Liberty Fund are hosting an event this fall to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. This event will take place on October 6, from 10-12:00p.m. at Westminster Hall on the Grace College campus in Winona Lake, Indiana.

The King James Version was initiated in 1604 when King James of England requested that a new English translation of the Bible be published. Seven years later, the KJV was finished in 1611 and was first published by the Church of England. For the past 400 years, this version of the Bible has led multitudes to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. The KJV has also had a profound impact on the literature throughout the past 400 years.

Four distinguished experts will present on different facets of the King James Version. These speakers include Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, Dr. Matthew Harmon, Dr. John Alvis, and Martine Brownley.

Concordia Theological Seminary professor Dr. Jeffrey Kloha will open up this symposium with the topic, “What to Translate? How the KJV Definited ‘The Bible’”. Dr. Kloha is a premier New Testament scholar who is highly sought after for his presentations.

Dr. Matthew Harmon, Grace College professor, will speak on, “Is Translation Really Treason? The Impulse to Translate the Bible into the Common Tongue.” Dr. Harmon brings a passion to equip people to encounter Christ through the Scriptures and leads others to do the same as well.  His blog entitled ‘Biblical Theology’ was recognized by for being a top 100 Theology Blog.

University of Dallas Professor Dr. John Alvis will speak on, “The Contribution of the KJV to the Anglo-American Tradition of Prizing Liberty.” Dr. Alvis’ research interests include Shakespeare, Milton, American literature, and playwriting. His work has been published in many distinguished news magazines such as Carolina Academic Press, Lexington Press, and the Liberty Fund Press.

Martine Brownley, Emory University professor, will conclude the event with, “‘It Lives on in the Ear’: Language, Literature, and the King James Bible.” Martine is an associated faculty member in the Comparative Literature Program at Emory and the Institute for Women’s Studies. She was awarded with the 2009 Governor’s Award in the humanities category. This award recognizes individuals and organizations who build community, character, and citizenship in Georgia through public humanities education.

This symposium will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2011, in Westminster Hall. For more information, please contact John Boal at 866-448-3472.


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