CU hosting Bible display; next lecture is Oct. 6 on King James Bible

CU hosting Bible display; next lecture is Oct. 6 on King James Bible

Sept. 28, 2011
For Immediate Release

A group of students meet with Dr. Glen Taul, CU archivist, to look over a Bible in the display at the Montgomery Library. From left are: Natalie Buckley, Louisville; Ashley Bolton, Glendale, Ky.; Austin Collviver, Mt. Sterling, Ky.; Taul; and Chelsi Netherland of Leitchfield, Ky. (Campbellsville University Photo by Nicholas Osaigbovo)

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – An exhibit of English and non-English Bibles is on display in the Campbellsville University Montgomery Library from now until the end of October.

The display coincides with the university’s observance of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The second lecture in a series of four is Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center, 110 University Drive, Campbellsville.

Dr. Robert Doty, English professor emeritus, and Dr. Glen Taul, university archivist, will deliver lectures related to the King James Bible. Doty’s topic will be “Anchor Point: The King James Bible and English Literature,” and Taul’s will be “The King James Bible as a Political Act.”

Both of the presentations will be about 30 minutes each, following which will be about 30 minutes for discussion.

Dr. Glen Taul, Campbellsville University archivist, shows the exhibit of Bibles from 1247 to 1612, to Chelsi Netherland, left, of Leitchfield, Ky., and Ashley Bolton of Glendale, Ky. (Campbellsville University Photo by Nicholas Osaigbovo)

The Bible material is on loan from Dr. Joel Drinkard, Senior Scholar and professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, who teaches online theology classes.

Included in the exhibit are fragments of editions dating to 1247 to the King James Bible of 1611. Here’s a list of the material in the exhibit:

· A Leaf, Latin Bible, Paris, France, 1247
· A Leaf, Latin Bible, Venice, 1483
· A Leaf, Coverdale Latin-English, 1538
· Matthew’s Version, 1549
· Beza, Greek and Latin, 1565, Henricus Stephanus
· A leaf, Bishop’s Bible, 1st edition, 1568
· Geneva Bible, 1599
· A Jewish Scroll, part of the Book of Esther, between 200 and 300 hundred years old
· Bishop’s Bible, 1591
· A leaf, Great Bible, 1540
· A leaf, Greek-German-Latin Bible, 1596
· Bishops-Rheims Parallel Bible, 1601
· A leaf, King James Psalter, 1612
· A leaf, King James Bible, 1611, 1st edition

The date has not been set yet, but Drinkard has agreed to deliver a talk on the English Bible up to 1611, using the material in the exhibit.

On Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Hall the speakers will be Dr. Shawn Williams, assistant professor of political science; and Dr. John Hurtgen, professor of New Testament and Greek and dean of the School of Theology, both from CU.

The celebration will come to a close on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. with a chapel service in the Ransdell Chapel. A short reception will follow.

If you’d like more information on the celebration, contact Taul at or at 270-789-5390 or Dr. John Hurtgen, dean of the School of Theology, at or 270-789-5077.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is


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