Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible
Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible (2011), published by Bodleian Library Publishing, is a richly illustrated, accessible, and meticulous account of the creation and afterlife of the 1611 King James Bible.
Through chapters written by leading scholars, including the curators of the Bodleian and Folger Manifold Greatness exhibitions, the narrative explores the cultural, religious, and material contexts for the translation, its impact in England, and the reception and cultural influence of the King James Bible in America, from the 1600s to the present day. The book also features a chapter on the King James Bible and related rare materials at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Scores of colorful images closely integrated with the text include rare printed books, manuscripts, and artifacts, from the notes of the translating committees and pages from the Wycliffite and Tyndale translations of the Bible to the Bishops’ Bible owned by Elizabeth I, the Algonquin Bible of 1663, and Harper’s Illuminated Bible of 1846.
Marking a major collaboration between two of the world’s leading research libraries, the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible brings together key research and documentation to provide a lively, well-illustrated account of a publishing phenomenon.
The book’s editors are Helen Moore and Julian Reid. Contributors include Moore and Reid, Valentine Cunningham, Steven Galbraith, Hannibal Hamlin, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Peter McCullough, Judith Maltby, Christopher Rowland, and Elizabeth Solopova.
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