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Naming the King James Bible

Mary Buchner ('11); Carrie Marsh*; Betty Clements†; Mentor: Meg Worley
*Honnold-Mudd Library; †Claremont School of Theology Library

Abstract: The King James or Authorized Bible is the most well-known biblical translation, but it is also the most controversial since it is attributed to one person who was not directly involved in its translation. The goal of my research project was to track the changes of the nomenclature of the King James Bible, a research question that has never before been addressed. At its inception in 1611, the King James Bible was referred to as “our English Bible.” I tracked the origin of the phrase “King James Bible” and “Authorized Version” by looking through the rare books collections of the Honnold-Mudd and Claremont School of Theology libraries. I looked for references to the 1611 English Bible to rationalize these changes. More research is needed to finalize my conclusions, but it appears that it took a few decades and competing translations for the 1611 Bible to become the “King James Bible.”
Funding provided by The Fletcher Jones Foundation

The Role of Writing Instruction in the Urban School Renewal Movement

Hannah McConnell ('12); Mentor: Pam Bromley

Abstract: My objective was to assess how writing instruction at The Learning Community contributes to the school's documented academic achievement. The Learning Community, a high performing, high poverty, K-6 charter school, was founded in 2004. By observing individual classrooms and interviewing faculty members and students, I witnessed the teachers' commitment to empowering the voices of their students. The school aims to unravel the cycle of poor student performance in urban schools. The innovative methods of writing instruction
practiced at The Learning Community broaden students' cognitive abilities, facilitating their greater academic accomplishments.
Funding provided by The Paul K. Richter and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Award

Research at Pomona