Symposium marks 400th anniversary of King James Bible

Symposium marks 400th anniversary of King James Bible

Keynote speaker Christiane Nord with Dr Piotr Blumczynski, Lecturer in Translation at the School of Modern Languages

An international symposium to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible has taken place at Queen’s.

Organised by the Forum for Translation and Cultural Encounter in partnership with the Religious Studies Research Forum at Queen’s and hosted by the Union Theological College, the symposium focused on the various aspects of the history, impact and legacy of one of the most influential translations in history.

The keynote speakers at the event included one of the most eminent scholars in the field, Christiane Nord. Formerly Professor of Translation Studies at universities in Magdeburg, Vienna, Hildesheim, Heidelberg and Innsbruck, Christiane spoke on Communicating Otherness: A Functional Approach to Bible Translation.

Philip H. Towner, Dean of the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship (American Bible Society), who has earned an international reputation in biblical scholarship and translation, also spoke at the symposium. He considered The King James Bible and its Impact on English-Speaking Culture (or ‘when the Son of man cometh, shall he find anyone capable of reading and understanding a sustained narrative?’)”.

A further two papers were presented by David Bell from the University of Alicante and John Gillespie from the University of Ulster.

The Queen’s Research Forum in Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary grouping of scholars from across the University and from its affiliated theological colleges interested in exploring themes and issues relating to religion in culture and society.

Further information on the Forum is available from

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