Panel to explore rich history, impact of King James Bible

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The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program will mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible by bringing together experts to explore its history and influence on other written works and to lead a lively discussion.

A free, public panel discussion, "Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible: Creation and Legacy," will be held Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union, 14th and R streets. A reception will follow. The panel will feature professors Stephen Burnett and Sidnie White Crawford from UNL's classics and religious studies department, and Stephen Buhler and Laura White from the department of English.

They will discuss the history of English translations of the Bible leading up to the King James version, who undertook the translation on the king's behalf, how the translation influenced other authors and works, and how the version became a hallmark of Anglican identity.

The event is co-sponsored by the departments of English and Classics and Religious Studies.

— Jean Ortiz Jones, University Communications