This year is the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible. Work on the translation began in 1604, at the request of King James I of England, and carried on until 1611. A team of forty-seven of the best Bible scholars of the day worked on translating the text into English and it is believed to be the best selling book ever produced.
The Globe Theatre opened in 1997 and is a modern reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which was built in 1599. The new theatre stands just a short distance from the site of the original Globe.
I wonder if any of our local theatres and cultural institutions in Northern Ireland are planning to mark the 400th aniversary of a translation which has had such a profound influence on our language as well as on the spiritual life of the British Isles and many other lands. There is a special affection for the Authorised Version among many folk in Ulster and here is a great opportunity for cultural institutions and venues to reach out to the evangelical community.