Leicester scholar looks back on a year of discussing the King James Bible
Professor Gordon Campbell, Professor of Renaissance Studies in our School of English, was a very busy man in 2011, which was the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, from where so many still-current English aphorisms derive.
As author of Oxford University Press’ hefty volume Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611-2011 and a contributor to the OUP’s Quatercentenary Edition of the KJV itself, which replicated every comma of the first edition, Gordon became the go-to guy for organisations and media wanting to commemorate the anniversary.
In his latest guest blog for the OUP, Gordon looks back on a hectic year of talks, interviews, conferences and writing and considers how the King James Bible has been received – by both religious and secular audiences - during this atypical period of intense scrutiny.
With the KJV firmly closed and back on the shelf, Gordon can now return to his first love – the life and works of John Milton.
If you missed last year (or want to relive it) you can find out all about Gordon's books and the KJV on the School of English's King James Version microsite.