Ashland Theological Seminary to Celebrate Anniversary of the King James Bible

12/14/10 ASHLAND, OH -- The year 2011 marks 400 years since the King James Bible was first published in 1611 and Ashland Theological Seminary is planning a series of events to celebrate the advent of the Bible in English.

"In honor of this significant milestone, Ashland Theological Seminary has scheduled a number of events including multiple informational presentations plus the opening of a museum that will feature ancient Bibles and biblical manuscripts," said Dr. John Shultz, president of the seminary. "We ask that people join Ashland Theological Seminary in celebrating the Bible and its translation into English."

All presentations will be given by Ashland Theological Seminary faculty members and the presentations will be held in the Gerber Academic Building on the Seminary campus, 910 Center St.

The presentations will begin on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. with the topic "Shaping the Page." Dr. David deSilva, professor of New Testament and Greek, will present "The First Translation"; Dr. John Byron, associate professor of New Testament, will present "Many Manuscripts - One Book"; and Dr. Terence Mournet, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek, will present "From Scroll to Book."

The topic, "Shaping Culture," will be discussed on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. and will feature Dr. Paul Chilcote, professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies, presenting "Putting God's word in the King's English"; and Mark Hepner, Wycliffe translator, presenting "Translation in Papua New Guinea."

On March 24, the presentations will close with a panel discussion featuring ATS Biblical Studies faculty members on the topic of "What Translation is Right for me? How to Choose a Translation."

The "Bible in English" Museum also will be set up in the Gerber Academic Building and will feature rare and unique items spanning more than 2000 years of Bible translation and 500 years of printing history.

Among the many objects on display will be fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls ca. 200 B.C., a copy of the book of Exodus in Greek ca. 300 A.D., and a Hebrew Torah scroll from 1492. The museum's extensive display also will include pages from the Wycliffe (15th century), Luther (16th century), Tyndale (1541), and King James (1611) Bibles.

Other items in the museum will include a copy of a Great Bible from 1566 and a Geneva Bible from 1580 as well as the stories behind the Vinegar Bible from 1717 and the Gun-Wad Bible from 1776.

The museum will be open Jan. 27 following the first of the presentation series events at 7 p.m. that evening. The museum will then be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May of 2011 (excluding days when Ashland Theological Seminary is closed), and June through August, hours by appointment.

In addition, the museum will be open for one hour before and following each of the scheduled presentations. Guided group tours will be available upon request; all other tours are self-guided. Personnel will be on hand to provide assistance.

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