Nancy Guinn Library offers films in conjunction with King James Bible exhibit

CONYERS -- The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library has announced it will offer three films in association with their current traveling exhibit, "Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible."

The films will be shown in the meeting room of the library on the lower level and are open to the public at no charge.

The schedule for the films is as follows:

-- July 8, 2 p.m. -- "KJB: The Making of the King James Bible (46 minutes)

-- July 9, 2 p.m. -- "KJB: The Book That Changed the World (94 minutes)

-- July 10, 11 a.m. and July 11, 2 p.m. -- "The William Tyndale Story (30 minutes) -- This film is an animated feature for children and families.

The final guest presentation in conjunction with the exhibit is Wednesday at 2 p.m. when Dr. M. Patrick Graham, Margaret A. Pitts professor of Theological Bibliography, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, will present, "Illustrating the Printed Bible: The First Hundred Years."

The Manifold Greatness Exhibit will be on display at the library through July 12.

The exhibit celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible and was developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the American Library Association. It has visited 40 public libraries, universities and colleges across the U.S. and the Nancy Guinn exhibit marks its final stop.

The exhibit consists of seven double-sided panels that examine, among other topics, how the King James version of the Bible came to be written.

Originally written in Hebrew and Greek, the Bible, up until the early 1600s, remained out of reach for the average person as church leaders and law forbade it to be translated to English. Early translators risked their lives to pen English versions.

William Tyndale, who translated the entire New Testament and some of the Old Testament was burned at the stake for his efforts to deliver the Bible to the common man.

When King James took the throne in England, he oversaw a major re-translation of the Bible by six English scholars, which took place over a period of several years beginning in 1604.

In addition to providing the history of the creation of the King James Bible, the exhibit also examines the important role the Bible has played in people's lives beyond the spiritual such as a place to record family history information such as births, deaths and marriages.

The film screenings are made possible, in part, by the Office of Sen. Ronald B. Ramsey Sr.

The Nancy Guinn Library is at 864 Green St. in Olde Town Conyers.

Citizen Features Editor Karen Rohr contributed to this story.