Jeffrey Alan Miller is Assistant Professor of English at Montclair State University, where he researches and teaches early modern literature, with a particular focus on the works of John Milton and his contemporaries. In 2015, Miller announced his discovery what is now the earliest known draft of the King James Bible (1611), the most enduring English translation of the Bible of all time and the most widely read work of English writing in the history of the language. The draft discovered by Miller also represents the only draft of the translation yet to be found in a hand definitively identified as belonging to one of the King James translators themselves. In his talk, Miller will provide a detailed, illustrated overview of the draft, which is unlike any other draft of the King James Bible previously uncovered, and he will ultimately discuss some of the more notable (and surprising) things about the translation that the draft serves to reveal. Come have an up-close look at one of the greatest achievements in English literary, religious, and cultural history in the making!
The English Department's Research Colloquium is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of new research by the department's faculty, across all fields. The Colloquium has a particular emphasis on work in its early stages, and on work that pushes the boundaries of its field. We meet twice each semester. All are welcome.