Why it’s hard to read the scriptures after the King James Bible

26 January 2013, 2-4 pm

Join us for the opening lecture by Dr. Kevin Seidel and reception
Light refreshments will be served

Whether we read the King James or another translation, whether we read the Bible much at all, what we envision the Bible to be, what we expect from it, is strongly influenced by the history of the KJB. This presentation will criticize some of the myths that have grown up around the King James Bible by looking in some detail at a fairly typical example of a seventeenth-century King James Bible.

Kevin Seidel is an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Mennonite University. He has a longstanding interest in the relationship between religious and secular ways of reading. His dissertation at the University of Virginia examined the way eighteenth-century English fiction appropriated the complex authority of the Bible to become what we recognize today as realistic novels.