11 May 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, visited the Bodleian Libraries Summer exhibition Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible on Monday 9 May.After visiting the exhibition, the Archbishop met with a group of students in the Divinity School.
The 17 students from Corpus Christi, Lincoln, St Hilda’s and Keble Colleges, reading History, English and Theology, discussed the on-going significance of the King James Bible with the Archbishop in a lively conversation.
The Archbishop was previously Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church from 1986 – 1991. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1989.
The exhibition is collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. After the exhibition closes in Oxford in September, the exhibition will travel to the Folger. A panel exhibition will then travel to 40 libraries across America in 2012.
Together the Bodleian and the Folger have produced a website to support the exhibition and illustrate the influence of the King James Bible far and wide. Visit: http://www.manifoldgreatness.org to hear Handel’s Messiah and the Apollo 8 crew reading from the Book of Genesis in the King James translation on Christmas Eve, 1968. The website also features specially-commissioned new material, such as video interviews with the curators of the Bodleian and Folger exhibitions, and interactive learning opportunities.