From October 24 through November 21, 2011, Azusa Pacific University hosts a celebration in honor of the King James Bible’s 400th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a series of lectures, publications, exhibitions, concerts, and gatherings will engage faculty, staff, students, and guests.

Meet APU’s faculty experts, who are available to share their research and unique perspectives on the King James Bible, the most popular English Bible ever written.

David Esselstrom, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of English

David Esselstrom, Ph.D., is a published fiction writer and journalist. He also writes extensively for the stage and screen. With degrees in theater arts, creative writing, and English, Esselstrom combines his scholarly interests and creative projects with his passion for teaching in such courses as creative writing, composition, literature, and film and media. Full faculty profile.

“Those of us in the discipline of English look at the King James Bible as an example of the height to which eloquence soared during the English Renaissance,” Esselstrom said. “We study the KJV for what it is and for what it has done. We can admire its economy of language and attention to tone. Its adept use of tropes and figures have become telling marks of all subsequent literature in English. The King James Bible is a literary treasure that grows more valuable with each passing year.”

Brad Hale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science

Brad Hale, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Azusa Pacific University, specializing in modern European and African history. In addition to research on French missionary efforts in 20th century North Africa, Hale also studies the events, politics, and culture of 1968. Full faculty profile.

“I am a historian of modern Europe and am currently teaching a class on 17th century England, when the King James Bible was published,” Hale said. “So much of the history of 17th century England--civil wars, revolution, foreign policy, colonialism in the Americas, the development of constitutionalism--is rooted in religion and, therefore, the Bible. And, of course, the political and social struggles of the century had a significant impact on how the Bible was translated into English, and which version would be considered ‘authorized.’"

G. James Daichendt, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Art and Exhibitions Director

G. James Daichendt, Ed.D., serves as an associate art professor and exhibition director at Azusa Pacific. He oversees the 2011 King James Bible exhibits. Daichendt is author of Artist-Teacher:A Philosophy for Creating and Teaching and Artist Scholar: Reflections on Writing and Research. In addition, he is the founding and principal editor of the academic journal Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art and is the arts and culture editor for the Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine. He is also a regular contributor to a variety of arts journals, magazines, and newspapers including Teaching Artist Journal, Art Education, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Art Scene, Artillery, and Pasadena Scene magazine. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia, Harvard, and Boston universities.Full faculty profile.

"The King James Bible is not only a culturally significant object itself but the 400-year-old translation has served as an inspiration to artists and designers worldwide as they wrestle with issues of truth, beauty, and goodness through the visual language of the arts," Daichendt said.

Thomas Andrews, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of History and Political Science and University Libraries and Research Historian for Special Collections

Thomas Andrews, Ph.D., serves as a professor of history and the university libraries and research historian for special collections. Andrews is an expert on the history of the Bible and the history of printing. As curator of the university's KJV 400th anniversary exhibit, he is a featured speaker on the illumination of the Latin Vulgate before and after Gutenberg, the creation of the King James Bible up to 1611, and its continued significance today.Full faculty profile.

"I am pleased to be curator of the KJV 400th anniversary exhibit as it allows me to showcase the resources of APU's special collections and present the history of the KJV Bible," Andrews said."The exhibit features a variety of treasured Bibles and Bible leaves from our collections, including the first five Barker and Black Letter Bibles, and large folio editions of the King James."