Completed nearly 400 years ago, the UK now commemorates the King James Bible scriptures through a new project that commemorates the 1611 King James scriptures. Called the People’s Bible, the project calls for volunteers from the public to use a digital pen to write two Bible verses. The pen then uploads the verses to the Web, compiling a complete King James Bible that written by everyday people.
When the People’s Bible is complete, the completed work, organizers will give it to the Queen upon the Bible’s anniversary in November.
An expert from the Bible Society told the BBC that the project hopes to help people connect with the King James Bible and realize how much of an impact the Bible has made on the lives of everyday people. More than 250 common expressions are said to come from the King James scriptures, most of which are easily recognizable.
Dr. Watcyn James further describes the importance of the King James Bible saying,
You could hardly begin to understand either literature or culture or politics without reference to this bible.
The Prince of Wales began the project by writing Genesis 1:1-2. The Prime Minister and other dignitaries are expected to join the citizenry by writing two verses of their own.
The culmination of the project is scheduled for November 16 at Westminster Abbey.
Traveling around the UK, the People’s Bible project is in North Wales this week at St. Asaph Cathedral and Wrexham town center.