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Bible Collector Michael Morgan to Speak at Bristol Public Library March 21

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 16, 2016 – As King University continues to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, we welcome Michael Morgan, along with his world-class Bible collection, to Bristol on Monday, March 21. Morgan will speak on the history of the English Bible, commenting in particular on the volumes he will have on hand for viewing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kegley Room at the Bristol Public Library in Downtown Bristol, Va.

Among the items on display at the Library 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, the Geneva Bible from which Shakespeare quoted, and the 1611 King James Bible, which was published near the end of the playwright’s life.

“Only the most extensive research libraries can rival Mike Morgan's Bible collection,” says Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History at King. “None of them allows visitors such a close viewing, let alone encourages 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'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.

“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.”

Michael Morgan, a native of Pine Mountain, Ga., recently retired from nearly 40 years’ service as organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and continues to serve as the Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Atlanta University, and did postgraduate work at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He holds the highest certification of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and has served as dean of the Atlanta Chapter, American Guild of Organists.

Morgan’s “Psalter for Christian Worship,” a metrical paraphrase of the entire book of Psalms, was published by Witherspoon Press in 1999 (revised edition, 2010), and has found wide acceptance throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. In 1970, he acquired his first early English Bible, and, to date, he has amassed what is perhaps the most comprehensive private collection in the country, with over 4,500 volumes, representing virtually every translation in English of the Bible, the New Testament, the Gospels, and the Psalms. He has played recitals and seminars and has led worship services across the U.S., England, France, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.

Michael Morgan will speak at the Bristol Public Library on Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Martin Dotterweich for additional information at mhdotter@king.edu.

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