Seventeenth century translation of the Bible

Last week end I had one of those rare things, a day off! For some time I have had two exhibitions in Oxford on my to do list, so last Saturday I took the opportunity to have a day out in Oxford. First stop was the Bodleian Library for “Manifold Greatness” which tells the story of Oxford’s contribution to the making of the King James’ Bible. It was an amazing opportunity to see original medieval texts, some of them very beautiful. Most of the Bibles were very large but Anne Boleyn’s own Bible was relatively small and would have fitted comfortably into the hands. There were some working copies of Bibles with translators notes in the margin. I was interested in the original instructions given to the translators. Part of the exhibition was devoted to the Oxford translators, many of them eminent Latin, Greek and Hebrew scholars of their time.

My second stop was the Ashomolean Museum for the Heracles to Alexander the Great exhibition. The display showed a vast number of beautiful items from excavations in the royal burial tombs at Aegae, the ancient capital of Macedon. The two gold wreaths were particularly amazing.


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