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Religious Studies Professor Presents Bible’s Turbulent Past

Mike Thompson discusses KJV controversies

Sept. 4, 2012
Story by Austin Bowles, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The OSU Library will host Dr. Mike Thompson and his presentation “The King James Bible­-Beloved Companion to Controversy” at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room.

Thompson is the second of three speakers for the series of programs related to the traveling “Manifold Greatness” exhibit currently at the OSU Library. Thompson will discuss the religious and academic controversies of the KJV Bible and how it has affected society throughout the past four centuries.

“We are pleased to have one of OSU’s own professors of religious studies join us as one of many speakers,” catalog librarian Misty Smith said. “It should be a very enlightening talk.”

This event is part of a series of programs and displays related to the traveling exhibit. “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” will be housed in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library from Aug. 22 through Sept. 19. This event and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

“Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas, to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.

The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local presentation of this exhibit is made possible by the Oklahoma State University Library. Other local partners include OSU departments of art, English and religious studies, and the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Homeschool Group, Payne County Historical Society and Stillwater Ministerium. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in Manifold Greatness do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the exhibit and related events at OSU or to download educational materials and videos visit www.library.okstate.edu/manifoldgreatness.

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VIDEO: An interview with Dr. Mike Thompson

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall12/manifoldthompson.htm
Last Updated: 4 September 2012

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