Adam Nicolson's lecture, below, examines the political and religious contexts in which the King James Bible was written and disseminated. The lecture goes on to explore the processes by which the various committees, appointed by King James, went about translating and collaborating existing Biblical texts. Nicholson makes the point that the committees were encouraged to inflect the language with beauty and majesty whilst also staying true in reflecting what he terms 'the substance of life'.
- Melvyn Bragg’s lecture at Hampton Court considered the ways in which the King James Bible has impacted on cultural and political events (such as the abolition of slavery) around the world in the centuries subsequent to its publication.
- David Crystal’s lecture at the English-Speaking Union took its audience on a journey through the ways in which the King James Bible has influenced idioms and aspects of English language, making the connections between the original text and the worlds of everyday spoken and written English.
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