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Seminar 4:
The English Bible (KJV) 1611

This year is the 400th anniversary of the first publication of the Authorised or King James Version of the Bible (1611). To commemorate this far-reaching and profound moment in the history of the Church and the English language, two speakers will take us through different aspects of its genesis, production, and subsequent usage.

Charles Sherlock will focus on issues of translation, including the emergence of versions in English through the Reformation period. He will look at the influential figure of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, and at the work a half-century later of the Committee set the task of producing an agreed text during the reign of King James I. He hopes to touch on other issues as well, such as the implications of having printed books rather than copied manuscripts for what 'scripture' means.

Chris Watson, who has a special interest in early 17th Century poetry, will look at the subsequent history of the Bible, in the King James and other versions, paying particular attention to its influence on literature in English.

Date Tuesday 7 June
Time 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Venue St Peter's hall, Eastern Hill
Cost $15 (concession: $12)
Speakers The Rev'd Dr Charles Sherlock
Dr Sherlock has taught theology at Ridley College (1971-1998), and Trinity College and the United Faculty of Theology (1998-2003). In 1991 he was appointed to the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. Charles is currently Executive Officer of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools, Executive Officer for the Board of Ministry, Anglican Diocese of Bendigo, and Regional Coordinator (Oceania) for the Anglican Communion's 'Bible in the Life of the Church' project.

Dr Chris Watson
Chris was Lecturer in English at LaTrobe University, 1969-96, concentrating on literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He initiated and taught courses on 'Literature in the Bible' and 'Literature and Religious Belief'. His current part-time employment is Dean of Studies and Training Manager with the International College of Celebrancy.

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