"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.
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 calligraphy is flawless and awesome. The text is replete with stunning, colorful illuminationssome 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.
. . . 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.
The Pentateuch could grace a place of honor in a chapel, church, or home.
This volume is beautiful. It is a book for a book lover, Scripture for those who love the Scriptures.
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.
Pentateuch glows with colour