Monday, 16 May 2011

Event - Ancient versions of the bible to go on display at Southwell Minster

MORE than 50 ancient versions of the Bible are to go on display at Southwell Minster to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

The special collection includes a 13th century vellum manuscript, originally from a Monastery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, along with several other 16th century Bibles and two first edition copies of the King James Bible.

The King James version was the only one approved for use in the Church of England for nearly 300 years.

The Rev Canon Ed Pruen, the Minster's canon to education and learning, said: "The story of its ascent includes executions, protests, civil war and propaganda. Its importance today is partly the result of politics, colonisation and the slave trade."

The exhibition will be held from tomorrow until Friday, June 17. Visitors will also be able to explore the Historic Chapter Library, a collection of 1,200 rare books. There will also be a series of lectures.

For more information, contact the Minster Office on 01636 812649.

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