How God Became English: The Making of the King James Bible


Kennesaw State University Rare Book Gallery hosts two exhibits commemorating the 400th anniversary…

Georgia (Sep 29, 2011)

Kennesaw State University Rare Book Gallery hosts two exhibits commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 29, 2011)  – The Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books opened its newest exhibition, How God Became English: The Making of the King James Bible on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Athenaeum Gallery in the Kennesaw State University Horace Sturgis Library.

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible, How God Became English explores the tumultuous origin and creation of one of the most influential books in history. The panel- and multimedia-based exhibition features original artifacts representative of the book’s complicated past, and touches on subjects including history, theocracy and reform. The exhibit runs through October 2012.

How God Became English is presented alongside a traveling exhibition, Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible. This traveling exhibit was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., 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. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH traveling exhibit also will be housed in the Athenaeum Gallery and run through Oct. 28, 2011.

Both exhibitions feature free public programs and lectures based on the history and influence of the King James Bible. The programs are hosted in partnership with the Central Library of the Cobb County Public Library System, Smyrna Library and Oglethorpe University. The free events include a hands-on workshop, "The Family Bible: A Historical and Genealogical Resource," on Oct. 29 from 1 -3 p.m. in the Athenaeum Gallery. 

“We are delighted to present two exhibitions on such an important historical work,” said Dr. Tamara Livingston, associate director of the KSU Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books. “As one of the first sites chosen to feature the NEH traveling exhibit, we have a wonderful opportunity to help our audiences develop a new understanding about the social, cultural, literary and religious importance of the King James Bible.”

For more information on the exhibition and upcoming events, please contact Anna Tucker at 770-420-4699 or A full list of events may be found at



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