Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, Part II

Before the exhibit

As I mentioned previously, the opening reception for “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” would be on July 17th.

I attended the event partly because I was curious as to the difference between the local and traveling versions of the exhibit. And the answer was not much. All I saw were additional reading material. I really thought there’d be more.

“Full of rich images and information, the exhibition consists of fourteen graphic panels combining narrative text with numerous high-resolution images of rare books, manuscripts, and works of art, printed on double-sided, freestanding banners. On April 17, 2011, the banners made a preview appearance at the Folger Shakespeare Library during its annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House.”
-from the Manifold Greatness website

I was surprised that this drew a full house. Of course, some were there just for the free food and drink they usually serve at these events. But, the majority of the crowd was eager to learn more about the King James Bible.

Dr Donald Brake, a writer and bible collector, was a great speaker- lively and passionate and very knowledgeable about the subject. He discussed the fascinating and controversial history of one of the world’s greatest piece of literature.

I enjoyed myself, learned a lot and made sure to fill out a comment card to let the library know what a great job they did. Make sure you check out the exhibit!

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