The Illuminated Word: The Saint John's Bible

Photos courtesy of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. 2014



Free Admission for Church Groups during this Exhibit.

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December 14 - January 25

Gallery Talks on Illuminations 
of the St. John’s Bible
December 14, 2014, 1-5pm

 Festival of Lessons & Carols
by St. Gregory’s University’s Schola Cantorum
December 14, 2014, 5pm

This exhibition features all seven volumes of the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition, based on the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.  Visitors are invited to touch and turn the pages of the monumental books, giving them the opportunity to literally touch history.  As they turn the large pages, they can observe the beautiful script and illuminations, which were originally created in the traditional manner with lamp-black ink, egg tempera paint, and gold leaf.  Furthermore, the St. John's Bible is history itself, being the first handwritten bible to be commissioned by Benedictine monks since the invention of the printing press during the late Middle Ages.

 Visitors especially appreciate the rich, colorful illuminations embellished with gold leaf.  The illuminations are diverse, referencing many world cultures, and are a blending of medieval and modern artistic traditions.  The scribes and artists considered their 21st century audience when creating this book as they wanted to create a 'bible for the times.' In addition to traditional illustrations, the St. John's Bible includes artistic interpretations of satellite photos of the Ganges river delta, images of space from the Hubble telescope, the double helix representing DNA, and New York's twin towers.  Additionally, it is the first handwritten bible to include a representation of the Earth as seen from space.
The exhibit will also feature Medieval manuscript pages from the permanent collection of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.
Volume 6 (Gospels and Acts) of the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition will remain on display in the Museum's Medieval gallery until October 2015. Learn more...

For more information about the Saint John's Bible, please visit:
This exhibition of the Saint John's Bible is a collaborative effort between St. Gregory’s University, St. Gregory’s Abbey and the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.  

  • Allied Arts
  • Oklahoma Arts
  • National Endowment

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