Presentation & Video Links

The Story of the English Bible: From Wycliffe to the KJV (Part I)
Dr. Tommy Brisco,
HSU Provost and Chief Academic Officer|Author of the Holman Bible Atlas
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The Story of the English Bible: From the KJV to the Present (Part II)
Dr. Tommy Brisco, HSU Provost and Chief Academic Officer|Author of the Holman Bible Atlas
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The Creation of the KJV: Authorization by Committee
Ms. Meredith Stone,
Women in Ministry Specialist, Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists)
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Which Version is Best?: Sifting through the Options Today
Dr. Don Williford,
Dean of Logsdon Seminary and School of Theology
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Translating the Bible: Doth Thy KJV Sayeth It Aright? (Part I)
Dr. Bob Ellis, Associate Dean for Academics, Logsdon Seminary
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Translating the Bible: Doth Thy KJV Sayeth It Aright? (Part II)
Dr. Ken Lyle, Jr., HSU
Professor of NT and Greek
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The Impact of the KJV on Contemporary American Church and Culture
Dr. Kelly Pigott, HSU Chaplain and Associate Professor of Theology
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The Impact of the Language of the KJV on Ethical Practice
Dr. Bill Tillman, T.B. Maston Professor of Christian Ethics, Logsdon Seminary
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The Historical & Ecclesial Context for the KJV
Dr. Don Taylor,
HSU Professor of History
Dr. Ronnie Prevost, HSU Professor of Church Ministry
, Logsdon Seminary
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The Scots-Irish Bible
Dr. Jesse Fletcher,
President Emeritus, Hardin-Simmons University
Special Presentation Luncheon
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Sampling Early Seventeenth-Century Writers:  Literary Context for the KJV
Dr. Larry Brunner,
HSU Senior Professor of English
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The Role of the Bible in Book Design and Production from the Book of Kells to the KJV
Prof. Mike Jones, HSU Professor of Art
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The Influence of the KJV on English and American Psalters
Dr. Murl Sickbert, HSU Music Librarian and Professor
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The King James Bible and Cultural Literacy
Dr. Larry Fink, HSU Professor of English
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Leading Language: The Influence of the KJV on Management Literature
Dr. John Davis, HSU Assistant Professor of Management
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Logsdon Seminary Hosts Conference Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Version

Story by Janlyn Thaxton and Kristen Harris, Photos by Kristen Harris

Designed to highlight the 400-year impact of the King James Version of the Bible, Logsdon Seminary partnered with Hardin-Simmons University in hosting The King James Version@400: A Celebration on September 12-13 in Logsdon Chapel.

“As the best-selling book in world history,” says Dr. Bob Ellis, professor of Old Testament and associate dean at HSU’s Logsdon Seminary, “the King James Bible has had an incalculable impact on the English-speaking world and the church.”

While the King James Version is lauded by some as the most recognized and accurate among all Bible translations, it is neither the oldest nor the first to be translated into English. Still, in terms of impact,  the King James Version is still one of the most significant.

“There have been more allusions, more references to the King James Version than any other literary work. It’s central to any understanding of English literature,” says Dr. Larry Brunner, HSU professor of English.

Conference presentations utilized scholars from a wide array of disciplines, with topics ranging  from the historical and cultural circumstances leading to the production of the KJV, to the influence of the version on English literature, business, and music, graphic design, and of course, ecclesiology.

According to Ellis, the topical diversity was intentional.

“Our goal was to provide an opportunity for collaborative effort across the university,” said Ellis of the efforts to involve faculty members from across the HSU campus.

In addition to reflecting and celebrating the contribution of the King James Version upon Western Civilization, the conference also allowed students, faculty, area ministers, and other guests the opportunity to get up-close with four-first edition King James Bibles. These extrodinarily rare King James Versions are included in the Tandy and Kelly Bible Collections now housed at HSU.

“Because we have these two remarkable Bible collections, the 400th anniversary of the KJV provided an ideal context for celebrating the rich history of the Bible in English,” Ellis said.

“I love to think about whose hands have held these books,” said Mrs. Teresa Ellis, Theological Librarian for HSU and Logsdon Seminary, “where they have been, how they have touched the lives of those people who have encountered them through the ages, and how we may use them now and in the years to come to continue to touch lives.”

Teresa Ellis continued, “It is an honor for me to be able to share these incredible treasures with our students, faculty and other constituencies of the University.  We are all indebted to the Tandys and Kelleys for not only entrusting us with these Bibles but also for giving us the mandate to share them. It is a humbling thing.”

The Bible collections and the original KJVs housed at Hardin-Simmons come from two donors, Mrs. Inez Kelley and her late husband Dr. Doyle Kelley, and Dr. Charles Tandy along with his wife Roena.

Dr. Bob Ellis feels as if the

conference served a very important purpose. “The KJV is a major piece of our history. Its is important for us to look at and think about it in terms of not only what the contribution has been, but also what that ongoing contribution might be,” said Ellis.

 

 

Special KJV Resources

Download the Commemorative Brochure of The KJV@400: The Making of A Milestone (PDF, 4MB) which highlights the rare KJV's of the Tandy and Kelley Bible Collections of Hardin-Simmons University. The keepsake is provided by the HSU Library, and print copies may be requested by calling Mrs. Teresa Ellis, Theological Librarian, at 325-670-2159 or emailing tellis@hsutx.edu.

Download the official program from the KJV@400: A Celebration (PDF, 2MB)

In the HSU Tandy Bible Collection:

The “He” Bible, 1611
Tandy Bible Collection
Hardin-Simmons University

Unique Features: Folio edition. It has an unusual letterpress general title page with the same woodcut border used for the New Testament title page. The calendar is printed in red and black ink. This rare first edition KJV in Ruth 3:15 has "he went into the citie," while most 1611 KJV Bibles have “she went”. Consequently, this particular printing is known as a “He” Bible, one of only fifty in existence. The cover was rebound by Robert Middleton, a renowned binder in London, in 1986.

The “She” Bible, 1611/1613
Tandy Bible Collection
Hardin-Simmons University

Unique Features: Folio edition. In this printing Ruth 3:15 has "she went into the citie,” hence it is known as a “She” Bible. An infamous error occurs in Matthew 26:36 where “She” Bibles read “Then cometh Judas with them into a place called Gethsemane” instead of “Jesus”.

In the HSU Kelley Bible Collection:

The “She” Bible, 1611/1613
(Brown Leather Binding)

Kelley Bible Collection
Hardin-Simmons University

Unique Features: Folio edition. Like other KJV “She” Bibles, its general title page is dated 1611, while the New Testament title page is dated 1613. Some refer to it as a KJV that is a “first edition, second issue, without reprints.” Others style it the “second folio edition, 1613, 1611” Probably the greater part of these issues of the “She” Bible were, in fact, printed in 1611 though publication was delayed until 1613.

The “She” Bible, 1611/1613
(Black Leather Binding)

Kelley Bible Collection
Hardin-Simmons University

Unique Features: Folio edition. This KJV “She” Bible, like the other “She” Bibles in the collections, has a general title page that is a copper-engraved illustration by C. Boel that depicts major Old Testament and New Testament figures, featuring Moses and Aaron and the writers of the four Gospels in prominent positions.

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