Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bound for Glory: the Bible as Book in Scotland
The Library, Merchiston Campus, Napier University, Edinburgh
October 15 - December 14, 2007
Mon-Thurs 9.00-20.00, Friday 9.00-17.00

This exhibition celebrates the printing, publication and distribution of the Bible in Scotland as part of the marking of the first five hundred years of printed word here. It does so in recognition of the significant role that the Bible played in the development of our printing and publishing industries. It is the only book that has remained continually in print over the past five hundred years.

The exhibition covers the relationship between the changing material form of the Bible as book and its differing functions over time. It does not offer or reflect any particular view of the Bible other than as a book; it does not privilege any particular religion or denomination. The exhibition tells the historical narrative of the Bible as book in Scotland through the range of exhibits drawn from the wider Edward Clark Collection of rare books held at Napier University. The Exhibition was formally opened by Professor Philip Esler, Chief Executive of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) on 12 October.

The Exhibition is complemented by a series of public lectures during the period of its opening. These are held, unless otherwise indicated below, on Wednesdays at 18.00 in lecture theatre B2 of the Merchiston campus.

17 Oct.
Dr K.J. McCann (Cambridge University)
The Early Work of the British and Foreign Bible Society in

31 Oct.
Prof Ian Campbell (Edinburgh University)
Reading and Mis-Reading the Bible

7 Nov.
Dr Richard Holloway
How to read the Bible

14 Nov.
Prof David Jasper (Glasgow University)
The Bible in Conversation: The Art of the Good Story

28 Nov.
Dr David McKitterick (Cambridge University)

5 Dec.
Dr Femke Molekamp (University of Sussex)
The Geneva Bible and its Readers

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