A bard’s Bible and a Broadway actor celebrate the KJV

A bard’s Bible and a Broadway actor celebrate the KJV

For just a few days the Bible used by William Shakespeare and a first-edition 1611 KJV (King James Version of the Bible), will be on display at Pymble and Manly.

Broadway actor Bruce Kuhn also will present his one-man act, Luke, in language taken straight from the KJV.

Both events are part of the Bible Society’s celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the KJV.

The 1607 Geneva Bible, with the initials “WS” on the front cover and on many pages within, was donated to the Bible Society in the 1960s by one of the last descendents of Shakespeare’s sister.

The evidence strongly suggests that the Bible was indeed Shakespeare’s.

This Bible and 24 other historical Bibles are part of “The Book That Changed the World” Exhibition, currently touring Australia.

The King James Version of the Bible has been fundamental in the development of the English language as we know it today and remains one of the most widely-read books in human history.

“Here’s a book that has been in print for 400 years, a book that has shaped the literature, the politics, the law, the institutions of many Western nations,” says Greg Clarke, CEO of the Bible Society, “and so we’re not just celebrating the publication of some words on a page — we’re actually celebrating the impact that the Bible has had on nations.”

The Exhibition has already been to Adelaide and Canberra. After Sydney it will move on to Wollongong and then to Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.

The Book that Changed the World Exhibition

Pymble Ladies’ College (Heritage Centre), Avon Road, Pymble: Free admission.

Launch event: Thursday August 4, 6pm

Open to the public:

2 pm-5 pm, August 6-7

2 pm-5 pm, August 13-14

School visits can be booked for August 11-12 by ringing Pymble Ladies College 9855 7799.

St Matthew’s Church, 1 Darley Road, Manly

10 am-5 pm, August 17-28.

To book a guide for groups at either venue call 1300 139 179. Online exhibition and nationwide tour details.

Bruce Kuhn’s presentation of ‘Luke’

7.30 pm, August 4 – Abbotsleigh School for Girls, Wahroonga

7.30 pm, August 5 – Village Church Annandale

$10 per ticket or five for $40 at the door or online.


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