Fires of Faith
As 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, at the beginning of the school year we made a timeline of the English Bible that was a free download from Homeschool in the Woods. Many of the events in it were not things we have studied in detail yet, but it was a good opportunity to discuss the history of the Bible and some of the sacrifices that were made so that the common people could read the Bible in their own tongue.
I was excited to see that the BYU library put together a free exhibit to celebrate the KJV 400th anniversary. So on Thursday night, we stopped to see it. There were copies of many of the books that influenced the 1611 Bible, including a Latin Vulgate Bible such as John Wycliffe would have used as the basis for the very first English translation. Then there were books that in turn were influenced by the King James Version text. There was also a copy of the Geneva Bible which was the version that many preferred to the KJV in the 1600s. At the center of the exhibit was an original 1611 volume of the King James Version.
There are images from the exhibit online at the BYU Library website here.
I’ve also been looking forward to this for weeks now! BYUtv is broadcasting a new three-part series called “Fires of Faith: The Coming Forth of the King James Bible” beginning this Sunday. Here’s a preview:
If you don’t get BYUtv, it can also be viewed online at byutv.org, beginning at 6 p.m. MDT for the next three Sundays, as well as on Wednesday nights at both 7 and 10 p.m. It should be good!