King James Bible Marks 400 Years

EMU Only Location In Virginia To Host Exhibit Commemorating Anniversary

Posted: January 25, 2013

Joaquin Sosa, a senior at Eastern Mennonite University, displays closeup photographs that he made of a 1613 King James Bible from the University of Virginia collection. The images, part of his digital media and photography project, are on display with an exhibit at EMU’s Sadie A. Hartzler Library commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Crystal Lehman, 21, an EMU senior, examines a German Bible published by Christoph Froschauer in Zurich between 1524 and 1564. The Bible, part of the university’s Menno Simons Historical Library collection, is on display inside the Hartzler Library with the “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” exhibit.
“Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” traveling exhibit is on display at the EMU Sadie A. Hartzler Library.
HARRISONBURG — An exhibit commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible is now on display at Eastern Mennonite University.

EMU’s library is the only one in Virginia, and one of 40 across the nation, chosen to host “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” created by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.

The traveling exhibit does not include a copy of the original King James Bible — which is very rare, according to Stephanie Bush, instructional services librarian at EMU — but features 14 informational panels about the book’s creation and its impact on art, literature and society.

Other historic versions of the Bible are on display, however, including a 1585 Beistkens Bible, the 1526 Erasmus translation of the New Testament; and a 1549 Froschauer Bible, one of seven known copies in the world.

An opening reception and lecture by Kevin Seidel, assistant professor of language and literature at EMU, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and the exhibit is open until Feb. 21 during normal library hours.

Other lectures and an interactive workshop about the Bible will take place in February. Details about those events are available at

EMU has been looking forward to hosting the exhibit since being chosen back in 2011, said Bush.

“I think what we’re most excited about is welcoming the Harrisonburg community to our campus and the series of programs we have available I think are very high quality,” Bush said. “What I’m excited about is bringing together scholars in the region to discuss this very important book in American religious and cultural history.”

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