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Hollings Library to hold English Bible lecture, tour Aug. 11

In observance of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the University of South Carolina Libraries are sponsoring a free lecture and gallery tour of the university’s collection of treasured Bibles at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library.

Dr. John R. de Witt, pastor emeritus of Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church, will talk about the history and significance of the King James Bible. Guests can tour the exhibit, “The English Bible: An Exhibition for the Four-Hundredth Anniversary of the King James Bible, 1611,” before and after the lecture.

Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.

The exhibit tells the story of the Bible’s translation into the English language beginning with protestant reformers John Wycliffe and William Tyndale and continuing through the 16th-century, when other English translations emerged from the Puritan faith and the Catholic Church. It also charts the impact of the King James Bible in America and explores its influence on literature, politics and culture.

Highlights include:



a folio printing of the King James Bible dated 1611;

leaves from the Coverdale Bible, 1535, the first complete Bible in English;

a Geneva Bible, the major Puritan translation, dated 1595, donated to the South Carolina College library by Governor John Drayton;

a 1608 Bible believed to have been brought to America by one of the Pilgrim Fathers;

a first edition of the Rheims New Testament, the major Catholic translation, from 1582; „the 1685 edition of John Eliot’s Indian Bible; and

a copy of the first American printing of the King James Bible (Philadelphia,1782).

“Many libraries worldwide are celebrating this anniversary, but they don’t have our resources,” said Patrick Scott, director of the Irvin Department and curator of the exhibit. “We already have a great collection that deserves to be seen by a new generation of students and by members of the community.”

Regular hours for the exhibit are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The galleries of the Hollings Library will also be open special weekend hours July 23 - 24 and Aug. 20 – 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Guided tours of the exhibit will be available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and audio tours are available for download anytime at

For more information, call the Hollings Library desk at 803-777-3847, or visit the library's website. For driving and parking directions to the Hollings Library, which must be entered through the Thomas Cooper Library at 1322 Greene St., go to be

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Posted: 07/19/11 @ 5:15 PM | Updated: 07/27/11 @ 4:23 PM | Permalink



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