On 16 November 2011, a service was held at Westminster Abbey, London, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible. The event was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
Along with the many old Bibles carried up the aisle as a part of the ceremony was a more modern edition, a bound copy of the Book of Genesis, presented by Elaine Duncan, the General Secretary of the Scottish Bible Society.
It was a part of The People’s Bible, a project run by the Scottish Bible Society and the British and Foreign Bible Society last year to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the KJV, and to allow people in more modern times to reconnect with the Bible.
The People’s Bible, used a special digital pen to create an online Bible.
It was taken the length and breadth of Britain allowing 22,000 people to handwrite Bible verses, which were then uploaded to a website: www.thepeoplesbible.org
Contributions were made by the Prince of Wales, who wrote the first two verses of Genesis, and David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, who wrote Philippians 4: 8-9.
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2012.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her familys poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.