The first handwritten, illuminated Bible that a Benedictine monastery has commissioned in 500 years. World-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson and an international team have revived the ancient art tools of vellum, quills, hand-ground pigments, and gold leaf. 136 pages, 9.75" x 15" hardcover. Liturgical Press.
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.
The Saint John’s Bible is intended to assist Jews, Muslims, and Christians in seeing shared commonality in the Bible. . . . In a time when people have so much to learn about different faiths, it is refreshing still to believe that experiencing the material and iconic aspects of the Bible can assist this understanding.
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Hands down the most exciting of the books presented this year. The Gospels and Acts of the Apostles are presented in a way that literally illuminates each page with the inherent dignity and grace of the scripture. This book is not only ornate in a way the average Bible couldn’t. It is worth the price and will be cherished forever in a persona library or a house of worship.
The Catholic Press Association
The book reproductions are exquisite.
Catholic Library World
Words alone cannot describe the experience of reading and contemplating this hand-written and illuminated Bible.
Catholic Library World
An impressive achievement.
The Catholic Answer
Holding Gospels and Acts in one’s hands invites a spirit of reverence and wonder!
The St. John's Bible is unquestionably art. And in the practice of Jackson and his team members, so is calligraphy.
Journal Star Lincoln, Nebraska
The experience of studying The Saint John's Bible has caused me to consider what happens to us when we welcome sacred words into our hearts.
Real Live Preacher