The Enduring Influence of The King James Bible

The Saint John’s Bible Perspective

Presenter: Father Michael Patella, School of Theology Seminary, Saint John’s University
Date: Sunday, March 16
Time: 9:15-10:15 am
Location: Great Hall

The King James Bible has had three revisions over the past four centuries, but none of these editions has been as sweeping as the New Revised Standard Version or NRSV.  Fully aware of the NRSV’s lineage, the Committee on Illumination and Text for The Saint John’s Bible selected this translation for the artistic undertaking, and found itself inspired in part by the tradition of the KJB from which the NRSV descended. Through the use of images, Fr. Michael Patella will explore how and why the KJB determined which biblical passages would receive special treatment at the hands of the calligrapher of The Saint John’s Bible, Donald Jackson. 

Father Michael Patella, OSB, was the chair of the Committee on Illumination and Text for The Saint John’s Bible.  He is Professor of New Testament at the School of Theology•Seminary at Saint John’s University, where he also serves as the seminary rector and director of its Holy Land Studies program.  As a New Testament scholar he has written in the area of Luke-Acts, Paul, Mark, and angelology.  His work, Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible, addresses the theology, art, and interpretation of The Saint John’s Bible.  Father Michael is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.