March 17, 2018

First Bodleian Libraries app focuses on King James Bible translation

The Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University launched its first app on August 5 entitled “The Making of the King James Bible.”

The app’s launching coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Bible’s publication and the Bodleian’s summer exhibition, Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible, which runs until September 4..

According to a library press release, the app brings together, for the first time, many of the books and documents that lay behind the King James Bible translation. It traces the history of the book, particularly the role of Oxford, and the influence of the translation in England up to 1769. It was in this year that the King James Bible was first revised — resulting in the “Oxford Standard” version that the world knows today.

“A key aspect of the Bodleian cultural strategy is to share our renowned collections with the general public locally and internationally,” said Richard Ovenden, deputy director of the Bodleian Libraries. “The new technology is giving us the opportunity to reach out to people worldwide and we are pleased we can make our treasures available in this format as well.”

The next app in the series will be a browsable collection of some of the Bodleian’s greatest treasures including a newly-acquired Jane Austen manuscript, the Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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