“ ‘Hidden in the Word’: Maria Stewart, the Bible and Politics” with Dr. Valerie Cooper

Where Massanutten Regional Library Main Branch

Duration 2 hours

In the 19th century, women like Maria Stewart were pioneering preaching and teaching ministries using the King James Version of the Bible as their central text. Stewart, an African American believed by many to have been the first American woman to give a political speech to an audience that contained men, used the Bible to argue for the rights of women and blacks in ways that echo Evangelical biblical appropriation today. In this presentation, Dr. Cooper will discuss the implications of Stewart’s biblical hermeneutics for political speech in the 19th century as well as the 2012 presidential election.

The traveling exhibition Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, and the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. It is based on the exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Intended Audience General Public

Tags ACAD, Intellectual Life

Contact Information

Name Stephanie Bush

Phone # 540.432.4170

Email