Wednesday, 18 May 2011

King James Bible: anniversary site

OK, drop everything and head on over to the ABC's new anniversary site for the King James Bible.

The site will be featuring loads of good stuff in the weeks ahead, all celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Already you can read Diarmaid MacCulloch on politics and the KJV; Tom Wright on Bible translation (including some samples from his own forthcoming translation of the New Testament); Barry Spurr on the Bible and liturgy; Philip Jenkins on the Bible in Luther and Africa; John McClean on the Bible and the word of God; and Laura Knoppers on the Bible and the English revolution.

The site will also feature a growing number of audio readings from the King James. You can hear John Bell's (very lovely) reading from the Song of Solomon; and Tim Costello's (very Australian) reading from Ephesians.

Elsewhere in the ABC, I'd recommend this wonderful audio recording of Robert Alter's lecture on the eloquence of the King James Bible. And – just to mention it one more time – if you haven't read his Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible, it's still the best of all the new books I've seen on the King James.

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