WESTERN Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, last night summed up for the Scottish Government during a debate in Parliament on ‘The People’s Bible,’a series of events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James translation.
The debate was hosted by Dave Thompson, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.
Alasdair Allan commented: “This debate was a memorable way of commemorating not just the People‘s Bible project, which saw 5,500 miles travelled and over 18,000 biblical verses recorded in towns across Scotland, including Stornoway, but also the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, which takes place this year.
“It is difficult to overstate the importance of the King James Bible, and the Bible more generally, to the English-speaking world. The King James edition‘s robust narrative style and the power and beauty of its poetry have given a rich legacy to the English language, along with many familiar phrases and expressions. The Bible has had and continues to have a significant impact on Scottish Education, history and culture.
“In Scotland, the revolutionary ideal of a kirk and a school in every parish expressed a recognition of the importance of education, both for its own sake and to give everyone the opportunity to read the Bible. It also fostered a respect for education and learning that resulted in 18th century Scotland boasting the highest standard of literacy in Europe.
“The emphasis in the reformation on education and the right to challenge authority, whether the authority of the church or others, was a significant factor in the development of the enlightenment in Scotland and of Scottish literature.
“The Scottish Government recognises and values the transformative and lasting impact of the Bible in general and the King James version of the Bible in particular and therefore welcomes this important chance to celebrate this significant anniversary.”