The Pentateuch: The NRSV Saint John's Bible   -     By: Donald Jackson
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The Pentateuch: The NRSV Saint John's Bible

St. John's Bible / 2006 / Hardcover

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"Words alone cannot describe the experience of reading and contemplating this hand-written and illuminated Bible. The book reproductions are exquisite,"---Catholic Library World. The first such Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years, it has revived the ancient arts. 158 pages, 9.75" x 15" hardcover. Liturgical Press.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 158
Vendor: St. John's Bible
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 15.25 X 10.25 X 1.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0814690521
ISBN-13: 9780814690529
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Publisher's Description

The third of seven full-color reproductions from The Saint John's Bible, Pentateuch is foundational to both Judaism and Christianity. Pentateuch features text and illuminations of the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) known as the Torah in Judaism. Prominent illuminations include Creation, Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Jacob's Ladder, Abraham and Sarah, the Ten Commandments and the Death of Moses.

In beautiful handwritten script and elegant design, the Pentateuch contains the cherished stories of faith that are thousands of years old. This book provides an artistic interpretation of humanity's oldest literature 'still recited as living history.

That these stories are significant to Jewish and Christian traditions is not surprising since they reflect the hopes, dreams, fears, and deeds of people living side by side with the earth's oldest civilizations. Over time, these spiritual descendants of Abraham and Sarah introduced God to al the inhabitants of the Middle East and beyond. Their message was simple. God and his creation are good; evil enters when prideful humans go their own way. Nonetheless, God continues to love unconditionally.

Donald Jackson is one of the world's leading calligraphers and the artistic director and illuminator of The Saint John's Bible. He is a Senior Illuminator to the Queen of England's Crown Office and is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year retrospective exhibition, Painting with Words, premiered at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August,1988 and traveled to 13 museums and galleries.

The launch of a national museum tour of the The Saint John's Bible began at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April 2005 where record crowds greeted the inaugural exhibit during its three-month run. The Saint John's Bible will continue its national exhibition tour that includes museums and galleries from throughout the United States and Europe. Learn more about The Saint John's Bible exhibit.

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Author Bio

An internationally respected calligrapher, Donald Jackson is the artistic director and illuminator of The Saint John's Bible. He is a Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Crown Office at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, a position in which he is responsible for the creation of official state documents. He is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year retrospective exhibition, Painting with Words, premiered at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August, 1988 and traveled to 13 museums and galleries. Donald Jackson works with a team of theologians and artists from Saint John's University and Abbey on The Saint John's Bible. From his scriptorium in Wales, he oversees scribes, artists, and craftsmen who work with him on the handwriting and illumination of the seven-volume, 1,150-page Bible.

Editorial Reviews

The calligraphy is flawless and awesome. The text is replete with stunning, colorful illuminations—some of the art work filling a whole page. The artwork is certainly of a modern genre and adds a richness to the scripted text. . . . Liturgical Press has done a tremendous service to the church in producing such a beautiful presentation of the Holy Scriptures.

Emmanuel

. . . the book itself is a marvelous work of art.
Catholic Library World

This volume alone would make a great coffee-table book.
Liturgy, Hymnody, & Pulpit Quarterly Book Review

If you and/or the believing community to which you belong, wish to get more closely in touch with the reverence for and awe of the Bible as Word of God that pervaded the Tradition throughout the centuries and that found expression in artistic grace and beauty, in hand-written text carefully copied and lovingly preserved, there is perhaps no better way than to engage prayerfully the biblical proclamation made possible by The Saint John’s Bible.
Catholic Studies

The Pentateuch could grace a place of honor in a chapel, church, or home.
Church

This volume is beautiful. It is a book for a book lover, Scripture for those who love the Scriptures.
Church

The glow of brilliant colour and the striking if not startling inter-textual designing gracing another volume of The Saint John’s Bible provide ample justification for this joint project of St. John’s Abbey and Saint John’s University.
Prairie Messenger

Pentateuch glows with colour
Prairie Messenger

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