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THE SAINT JOHN'S BIBLE PROJECT

This is a work of art, a great work of art... a work for eternity.

 

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

HOW A WORLD CLASS PROJECT WAS DIGITALLY IMAGED TO MAKE REPRODUCTIONS TO LAST FOR CENTURIES TO COME

ArcaSearch is working with Saint John’s University to preserve the images of The Saint John’s Bible digitally and make high-quality reproduction possible in the centuries to come. The reproductions require the highest possible fidelity to the original artwork.

 

In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. We invite you to explore this work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium.

 

Featured Prints

Creation

Genesis Frontispiece :: Donald Jackson with contributions from Chris Tomlin :: This opening illumination uses gold throughout to symbolize God’s intervention in the chaos and his ordering of the universe and its elements. Hence the gold squares are applied geometrically, starting with day one and expanding progressively outward...

Genealogy of Jesus

Matthew Frontispiece :: Donald Jackson :: The menorah image incorporates a series of concentric circles surrounding a swirling inner core, referencing to a mandala-type cosmic image common to several religions. Rising above are a series of gilded intricate stamps inspired from illuminations ...

The Crucifixion

Luke 23 :: Donald Jackson :: Rendered in raised and burnished gold, the crucified figure of Christ dominates this composition. The use of gold conveys the idea of God manifesting himself in His divine love for humanity, represented by the crowd below. Luke’s gospel recounts that...

The Garden of Desire

Song of Solomon 4:12–5:8 :: “Arise my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land” (2:10-12). The Song of Solomon, ...

The Alien Who Resides With You

Leviticus 19:34 :: Sally Mae Joseph :: The Alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Birth of Christ

Luke Frontispiece :: Donald Jackson :: All eyes are drawn to the crib in this illumination of the Birth of Christ from the Gospel of Luke. The presence of the child is central; yet we do not see the baby. We know He is there; but He is not shown. Gold leaf, used to create a beacon of light...

Butterfly

Genesis 5 :: Chris Tomlin :: The flora and fauna of Saint John’s, by artist Chris Tomlin, appear on several pages to signify the time and place for this twenty-first century Bible. This lovely butterfly graces the text as one of God’s creatures. There are twenty-seven different...

Adam and Eve

Genesis 2:4 - 3:7 :: Donald Jackson with contributions from Chris Tomlin :: This illumination represents the reality of knowing. Adam and Eve now understand their nakedness. The “taking on of clothing” is represented in the use of fabric pattern, a feather boa from Peru and African body painting with patterns drawn into...

To the Ends of the Earth

End of Acts of the Apostles :: Donald Jackson with contributions from Sally Mae Joseph and Andrew Jamieson :: "To the Ends of the Earth” is a special treatment at the end of the Acts of the Apostles that completes the volume containing the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.

Acts

Frontispiece and Incipit :: Acts of the Apostles 1:1 - 2:14 :: Donald Jackson :: The center of the illumination is marked by a gold column of fire and smoke. At the top of the column are the moon (left) and the sun (right). Unnamed heavenly bodies dart about as streaks of flame pelting the earth, which is a visual allusion to the...

Baptism of Jesus

Mark Frontispiece :: Donald Jackson :: In the immediate foreground John the Baptist sees bright yellow blooms and green plants. The flora reflect another passage from Isaiah, “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blo...

Beatitudes

Matthew 5-7 :: Thomas Ingmire :: Special calligraphic treatments in The Saint John’s Bible are designed to celebrate the text and are perfect for well-known passages such as the Sermon on the Mount. Artist Thomas Ingmire gives special attention to the Beatitudes, writing them with a...