July 4, 2011

Projects mark King James Bible’s 400th anniversary

by Jan Harris

Christian groups are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in projects that range from using the latest technology to modern day scribes.

Methodist groups have returned to the Bible’s roots to create a handwritten Bible which will be bound in 31 volumes and will be available to view in a nationwide tour.

30,000 people copied verses from Christian and Hebrew scriptures over the past 12 months, including volunteers in educational establishments, prisons, libraries and even shopping centres.

The Bible was presented to the Methodist Conference which is currently taking place in Southport.

The “People’s Bible” digital project, organised by the Bible Society, has taken a more high tech approach to its anniversary celebration.

Anyone can contribute to the project which is currently touring the UK.

People are being invited to handwrite verses from the Bible using a digital pen, which are then uploaded to the internet.

Part of the finished Bible will be bound and presented to the Queen at a service of celebration, to be held at Westminster Abbey in November.

The first two verses of Genesis were written by the Prince of Wales and Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has written verses from Corinthians about Paul’s sacrifices on behalf of the Church.

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