September 7, 2011
Writer: Writer: Stephen Henderson

Brigham Young University-Idaho will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible during a two-day seminar Sept. 15 and 16, headlined by Robert Millett, professor of ancient scripture at BYU.


Millett will present a forum address entitled "Latter-day Saints and the King James Version: A Match Made In Heaven" in the Taylor Chapel, on Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. BYU-Idaho instructors from the departments of English, Music, and Religion will follow with individual presentations. The celebration will show the powerful effect the King James Bible has had on these areas in society since its publication in 1611.


"For 400 years we have seen the Bible's impact on so many aspects of our lives - the English language, our music, our law, and our personal spiritual lives," said Boyd Baggett of the Department of Religious Education. "We hope the community will join us in taking a moment to ponder the enormous impact the King James Bible's witness of Jesus Christ has had on each of us."


In addition to the forum and speaker sessions, guided tours of the McKay Library exhibit "400 Years Young" will be available both days from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in McKay 220. The exhibit consists of 29 complete Bibles, 18 leaves depicting the history of the Bible in English, and an original first-edition (1611) King James Bible. Visitors will also be able to print a copy of the title page from the King James Bible on the replica Grandin Press in McKay 249.


"We hope students, employees, and the community will gather together to celebrate this extraordinary event," said Lynne Squires, library assistant. "It is a remarkable opportunity for us to be able to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. There is an impressive amount of information available to viewers in this exhibit. We feel very honored to have such an exhibit on our campus."