Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Curiosities: Manifold Greatness at the Roesch Library

Let me preface this by saying this is NOT a religious post!  Ok...

The AWESOME Katy Kelly
There's an exhibit going on over at the University of Dayton (yes it's a Catholic university)  from now until the 19th on the King James Bible in honor of the 400th anniversary (celebrated last year, though as the key note speaker at the kickoff event noted).  I attended this event because my friend Katy Kelly was in charge of the grant that put this collection together. Let's be honest - it's not the type of thing I would have attended otherwise. And supporting good friends is always a good thing!

But I do have a bit of an interest in the King James Bible for it's place in history. You see, I took this class back in college called "The History of Witchcraft", one of the single most interesting classes I've ever taken. The KJB was discussed at length, including the various translations that either were perhaps purposefully translated in a way as to incriminate women and healers as "witches". It was a long time ago... but regardless, I was curious. I even asked the keynote speaker about the connection - he didn't have much to say other than "Yeah, King James really hated witches." Awkward! At least I asked...

Anyway, listening to the lecture and attending the exhibit I learned that the KJB has influenced how we speak when we're trying to be eloquent (think Gettysburg address or "I Have a Dream"). It has influenced common every day sayings ("rise and shine"). And... it has an interesting history. How could it not have an interesting history after 400 years???

Guess what?  There were misprints!

(yeah, that one is funny if you find it). Apparently this printing was called the "Wicked Bible". Some people speculate that it was sabotage, actually. I thought that was interesting. Who would have thought bible translations would be subject to sabotage?

There are BEAUTIFUL versions!

Those books alone make the exhibit worthwhile. I have a fascination with old books. I think many of us do. There was even a family bible from a local Dayton area couple on display that was extremely old and collectable. Seriously, these copies on display ARE collectable and valuable. Works of art, really.

And regardless of what your religious affiliation is, you'll probably learn something that pertains to your every day life just walking through the exhibit or viewing Manifold Greatness's website.

If you happen to be a UD student, or in the area, then I recommend stopping in to the Roesch Library for a few minutes to take a peek while you can.

For the rest of you, I hope you enjoyed this brief look into... well, something rather different for this blog.