Manifold Greatness - The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible. March 2 - 30, 2012

What is Manifold Greatness?

The title Manifold Greatness, referring to the multifaceted or "manifold" influence of this landmark book, is taken from the 1611 Bible’s dedication to King James, which begins, "Great and manifold were the blessings" when God made James the king of England.

Printed in 1611, the King James Bible became the most influential English translation of the Bible and one of the most widely read books in the world. This exhibit takes a look at the dramatic history of the King James Bible, what we know about the scholars who translated it, and how it has continued to influence literature, culture, and society for over 400 years – from the words of Handel's Messiah to Martin Luther King’s "I have a dream" speech.

The Manifold Greatness traveling exhibit is hosted at the Hope College Van Wylen Library with programming sponsored by the Van Wylen Library, Western Theological Seminary Beardslee Library and the Herrick District Library.

The exhibit is open during regular library hours March 2-15 and March 24-30, and spring break hours March 16-23. If you are coming in a large group, please call 616-395-7790 to make arrangements.


March 2, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium. Text and Context: Politics and Culture in the Britain of King James - Dr. Marc Baer.

March 2, 4:30 - 6:00 pm - Van Wylen Library. Reception and Opening of the Exhibit.

March 5, 6:30 pm - Herrick District Library. Family Treasures: a workshop/lecture on the Care and Restoration of Bibles and Other Rare Books - Kari Miller Fenwood. Advanced Registration Required.

March 6, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium. Preaching the Manifold Greatness - Reverend Dr. Trygve Johnson.

March 8, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Van Wylen Library, Granberg Room. The First Editions of the King James Bible: Misprints and Misfortunes - Dr. Pablo Alvarez.

March 12, 4:00 pm - Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium. Makoto Fujimura. "On Visual Theology: My Journey With Illumining The Four Holy Gospels.” See Sponsored by the World Christian's Lecture Series and Hope College Campus Ministries.

March 12, 6:30 pm - Herrick District Library. To See with a Vision Surpassing All Other Visions: the Medieval Tradition and Influence of Biblical Illustration on the King James Bible - Dr. Anne Heath-Wiersma.

March 15, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Van Wylen Library, Rare Book Room. A Dark Speaking: English Translations of 1 Corinthians 13:12 and What We Can See in Them - Dr. Curtis Gruenler.

March 20, 1:00 - 2:30 pm - Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium. The Geneva Bible and the KJB - Dr. Eugene Heideman.

March 29, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium. The Bible and Shakespeare - Dr. John Cox.

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, 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, to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.

The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This program is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.