How God Became English
The Making of the King James Bible

For centuries, the King James Bible was the undisputed Word of God in the English-speaking world. The carefully chosen, timeless prose inspired generations to a deep cultural identification with the voice of God in their own language.

Despite today's widespread acceptance of English translations of the Bible, the King James Version was quite radical in its day.

Before 1611, the story of the Bible in English is one of violent religious and political conflicts, marked by the burning of books, exile, persecution, and martyrdom.

How God Became English celebrates the 400th anniversary of the 1611 publication of the King James Bible though an examination of the Bible's turbulent past and widespread impact.


Learn more about the exhibition through the audio tour below.

  • Audio Tour

    How God Became English: The Making of the King James Bible

    Audio Tour
Manuscript leaf
13th century

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