TRS visits the Cathedral Library

As part of his introduction to the Bible, Dr. Shepherd decanted his class to the historic surroundings of the library at Chester Cathedral

Level 4 students with Prof. Philip Alexander
Level 4 students with Prof. Philip Alexander
It was good being able to see original copies of the Bible and see how well kept they are.
Josh Yates, Level 4 student

While TRS students and staff make excellent use of the latest TRS scholarship in the University library, on October 21st, first year students in ‘The Bible – Contents and Contexts’ were given the opportunity to visit a library with a rather different history.   As part of his introduction to the Bible, Dr. Shepherd decanted his class to the historic surroundings of the library at Chester Cathedral where they were able to learn more about the earliest English translations of the Bible, including the King James Version whose quartercentenary is being celebrated in 2011. 

In addition to receiving the expert tutelage of guest lecturers, Prof. Philip Alexander and Dr. Loveday Alexander, Canon theologian of the Cathedral, the students were able to touch and turn the pages of one of the three copies of the KJV in the Library from its first year of printing (1611).    Also on display for the students viewing  were various other versions of the Bible and resources which the 17th century translators availed themselves of as they did their work.  According to Josh Yates, a student in the class, the visit was well worthwhile, ‘…it was good being able to see original copies of Bible and how well kept they are.  …[Seeing how big they are]…makes me thankful I don’t have to carry them to lectures once a week.’  While the department is committed to the latest scholarship, the visit to the Cathedral is a reminder that libraries are like good cheese and fine wine: the older they are the better.