Seminary Sets Final Presentation as part of King James Bible Anniversary Celebration

3/22/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland Theological Seminary's celebration of the anniversary of the King James Bible will conclude with a presentation on the topic of "Shaping You" on March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Gerber Academic Building on the seminary campus at 910 Center St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a panel discussion by Ashland Theological Seminary Biblical Studies faculty members on the topic "What Translation is Right for Me? How to Choose a Translation."

Panel discussion faculty members will include Dr. David W. Baker<>, professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, and translator for the New Living Translation; Dr. L. Daniel Hawk, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, and translator for the Common English Bible; Dr. Paul Overland, professor of Old Testament and director of the Cohelet Project; and Dr. John Byron<>, associate professor of New Testament and Greek, and translator for the Common English Bible.

In addition, tours will be given of the "Bible in English" Museum located in the Gerber Academic Building one hour prior to the presentation and also following the presentation.

The museum features 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 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 is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m., and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 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. For further information, please contact the ATS Institutional Advancement Office at 419-289-5462 or<>; or the website

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