BYUtv celebrates 400th Anniversary of King James Bible

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A three-part documentary will air to 60 million BYUtv subscribers in the United States in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. A documentary will be the first documentary on the 400th anniversary to be broadcast in the United States.

Each one-hour episode includes recreations filmed at locations in eight countries where the original events took place.

Director and LDS filmmaker Lee Groberg included interviews ranging from Notre Dame and Oxford professors to the chief rabbinate of Israel.

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BYUtv presents ‘Fires of Faith,’ a three-part documentary series on the history of the King James translation of the Bible.

“The best thing for students would be to realize that the Bible, no matter one’s faith, is a seminal piece of literature,” Groberg said. “It ought to be a part of everyone’s reading library. I hope that they [students] will take away a more profound respect for what it took to bring the Bible forward. ”

“Fires of Faith” part one: “Yearning for the Word,” will first air on Oct. 16. Part two: “Martyrs for a Book,” will debut Oct. 23 and the finale, Part three: “The King James Bible,” will air on Oct. 30.

Maggie Gallup Kopp, curator of rare books for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, said the celebration of the King James Bible is significant.

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BYUtv presents ‘Fires of Faith,’ a three-part documentary series on the history of the King James translation of the Bible.

“For centuries, it was the only book people would read,” Kopp said. “It [the King James Bible] is important to both religious culture and literary culture. It informed the way we thought of the world. It’s a part of the religious DNA for the LDS culture and the entire world.”

The L.Tom Perry Special Collections has its own tribute to the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible titled: “The Life and Legacy of The King James Bible: Celebrating 400 Years.” The display will be open until Spring 2o12.

 

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