牛津大學出版社（Oxford University Press, OUP）獲坎特伯雷大主教（Archbishop of Canterbury）委托，為英國國王查理斯三世（King Charles III）製作於2023年5月6日在西敏寺教堂（Westminster Abbey）加冕時使用的加冕聖經。加冕聖經在儀式中將扮演重要角色，英國國王需於背誦加冕誓詞時，將手放在聖經上。
OUP非常榮幸曾為多位英國國王製作加冕聖經。最近一次於1953年，為查理斯陛下的母親英女王伊利莎白二世（Queen Elizabeth II）而製。而這項為英國國王製作加冕聖經的傳統更可追溯至1902年的愛德華七世（Edward VII）。
牛津大學出版社首席執行官 Nigel Portwood 表示：「我們感到非常榮幸，大主教選擇牛津大學出版社為陛下製作加冕禮使用的《聖經》。我們對我們製作聖經的悠久歷史感到非常自豪，歷史不但追溯到17世紀，更為我們日後的出版活動奠定了基礎。此外，這本聖經亦印證了牛津大學出版社、Shepherds、Sangorski & Sutcliffe 和CPI 各公司各同事的細膩工藝及對細節追求的範本。我們相信這本聖經將是對英國歷史上重要時刻的致敬，並同時希望能被陛下珍藏很多年。」
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Oxford University Press continues centuries of tradition by producing King Charles III’s Coronation Bible
Oxford University Press (OUP) has been commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury to produce the Coronation Bible to be used by His Majesty King Charles III at Westminster Abbey on 6 May 2023. The Coronation Bible will play a significant role in the ceremony, with the King set to place his hand upon it while reciting the Coronation Oath.
OUP has had the honour of producing Coronation Bibles for many British monarchs—most recently for His Majesty’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953. The tradition of specially produced bibles for the Coronation Ceremony dates back to Edward VII in 1902.
The Bible produced for His Majesty's Coronation will feature typesetting based on the Quatercentenary Edition of the King James Authorized Version, published by OUP to mark the 400th anniversary in 2011. The Quatercentenary Edition was chosen for the Coronation to celebrate the significance of the translation, as well as to highlight its pivotal role in the histories both of the English language and of the United Kingdom.
Hand-bound in leather and decorated in gold leaf by renowned bookbinding company, Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, the intricate design of the binding—a collaboration between OUP and the binders—draws inspiration from both historic Coronation Bibles and His Majesty's love of the natural world.
OUP has a long history of bible publishing. In 1675 it was granted the right to print the King James Authorized Version of the Bible which, in 1611, was commissioned by King James VI and I to be translated from the original Greek and Hebrew by some of the country’s leading biblical scholars. The first recorded use of an Oxford Bible was at the Coronation of George III in 1761.
Nigel Portwood, CEO of Oxford University Press, said: 'We are honoured that the Archbishop of Canterbury chose OUP to produce the Bible for His Majesty's Coronation. At OUP, we are incredibly proud of our long history of bible production, dating back to the seventeenth century and forming the basis of our publishing activities for the years that followed. This Bible is an example of the fine craftsmanship and attention to detail of the Press and our colleagues at Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, and CPI Printers. We are confident that it will be a fitting tribute to a momentous occasion in British history and we hope it will be cherished by His Majesty for many years to come.'
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: ‘On this momentous occasion, the Bible will be the first, and most important, gift offered to The King. The Scriptures offer a guide and light to all – and I pray these living words will offer strength and encouragement to His Majesty.’
The Coronation Bible used in the service will be retained by the Archbishop of Canterbury and placed in Lambeth Palace’s archive alongside their collection of all four twentieth-century Coronation Bibles. OUP will then produce three identical copies; the King’s personal copy, which will be given to him as a gift, and a further two to be placed in the archives of Westminster Abbey and Oxford University Press’s head office in Oxford.