King University welcomes Michael Morgan and his world-class Bible collection03.20.2016
As King University continues to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, we welcome Michael Morgan and his world-class Bible collection to Bristol on Monday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kegley Room in the Bristol Public Library. Among the items on display will be a rare facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare's works, along with early editions of the Bibles of the Bard's lifetime: the Bishops' Bible, which he heard in church; the Geneva Bible, from which he quoted; the King James, published toward the end of his life.
Morgan's collection of English Bibles numbers 4,800 volumes, and is one of the most comprehensive private collections in the country, with virtually every English translation of the Bible, the New Testament, the Gospels, and the Psalms represented. He enjoys traveling around the country doing exhibits and presentations on the Bible and the Psalms.
"Only the most extensive research libraries can rival Mike Morgan's Bible collection," says Martin Dotterweich, Associate Professor of History at King. "But none of them allows visitors such a close viewing, let alone encouraging them to turn the pages. Mike's generosity of spirit has allowed thousands of people a connection to the past, and to the vitality of Bible history."
Morgan will offer a brief history of the English Bible, commenting in particular on the volumes he will bring. "In his presentation and his interaction with the audience, Mike's deep love of rare books, especially the Bible, shines through," says Dotterweich. "He invites us to look with him into this unique window on the past."
Morgan is Organist Emeritus at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and serves as Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from Florida State University, Atlanta University, and King University, and did postgraduate study with Richard Purvis in San Francisco. He holds the highest certification of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (Certified Church Musician) and has served as Dean of the Atlanta Chapter, American Guild of Organists. He is the author of the "Psalter for Christian Worship," published by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., a number of hymns, and articles on church music, worship, and especially the Psalms.
Contact Martin Dotterweich with any questions, Email