COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University on Thursday will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible, the translation that changed the world. Events include presentations on the literary, historical and theological significance of the translation, completed in 1611 by 47 scholars in England. Events are free and open to the public.
At 9:30 a.m., English Professor Dan Lamberton presents "The Memory Book: The KJV in Mind" in Village Hall, at 207 S. College Ave. At 11:30 a.m., Alex Bryan, senior pastor of the University Church, presents "The Most Beautiful Language." in the University Church at 212 SW 4th Street
At 2:30 p.m., three presenters partner for a final celebration event. John McVay, WWU president, presents "William Tyndale: The Outlaw Wordsmith Behind the KJV;" Egnlish Professor Bev Beem presents "Herbert's Devotional Reading of the KJV;" and history Professor Greg Dodds, presents "James' Bible."
University departments, classes and individuals have signed up to read through specific portions of the KJV. During the 11:30 a.m. service, the final verses will be read from the front of the church.
For more information call 509-527-2541.