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The Saint John's Bible, Heritage Edition  

Illuminating the Word of God for a New Millennium -- On Display at Wartburg College Throughout 2014.
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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The Saint John's Bible

The information and illuminations provided on this website are the property of The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota USA.

    SJB Calendar

    Check out scheduled activities for 2014.


    See the Bible

    "One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time."

    Smithsonian Magazine

    The seven volumes include:

    1. Pentateuch
    2. Historical Books
    3. Psalms
    4. Wisdom Books
    5. Prophets
    6. Gospels & Acts
    7. Letters & Revelation




      The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition at Wartburg College

      "To ignite the spiritual imagination of people around the world of all faith journeys."

      The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program is an international initiative for individuals and institutions to explore the artistic and spiritual beauty of The Saint John’s Bible.  Through its primary offering, the Heritage Edition, communities around the world can use this gift of sacred art to ignite their spiritual imaginations for generations to come.

      The Heritage Edition is a full-size reproduction of the original masterpiece.  Each of the seven volumes that make up The Saint Johns Bible is approximately 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide when open and weighs between 30-60 pounds.

      Thanks to the creative leadership of Donald Jackson, the artistic director of the original manuscript, the Heritage Edition is a work of art in its own right. Leading manuscript experts around the world who have seen the Heritage Edition recognize it as the highest quality reproduction ever made.

      Wartburg College displayed all 7 volumes of The Saint John's Bible at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery in the Bachman Fine Arts Center from January 10-Feb. 21, 2014.  The exhibit also featureed 10 framed illuminations from The Saint John's Bible.

      From the Gallery exhibit description:  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.

      After the exhibit closed, 2 volumes of the Heritage Edition, Gospels & Acts and the Pentateuch will remain at Wartburg College for the rest of 2014.  These volumes will be displayed at various locations on the campus, including Vogel Library, for an entire year.  Special exhibits and events will be ongoing.


        Contact Information fort The Saint John's Bible at Wartburg College

        For questions about the exhibit or programming opportunities, please contact                Dr. Walter (Chip) Bouzard, Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Wartburg College, 319-352-2140.

        Contact Gail Sexton, Coordinator of Church Relations & Faith Community Outreach, 319-352-8699, to schedule campus visits or special events.

        For additions to this guide or questions about Knights of the Page, contact  Karen Lehmann, Information Literacy Librarian at Wartburg College, 319-352-8460.

        The Saint John's Bible Task Force:

        • Rev. Dr. Walter (Chip) Bouzard, Chairperson, Religion & Philosophy
        • Rev. Dr. Ramona Bouzard, Campus Chaplain
        • Dr. Rachel Clark, English & Modern Languages
        • Professor Barbara Fedeler, Art Department
        • Dr. William Hamm, 2008-09 Interim College President
        • Professor David Herwaldt, Art Department
        • Dr. Brian Jones, Religion & Philosophy
        • Karen Lehmann, Information Literacy Librarian
        • Dr. Erika Lindgren, History Department
        • Zachary Schnock, Art Gallery Director
        • Gail Sexton, Church Relations & Faith Community Outreach

        Special thanks to Chris Knudson, Director of Creative Strategy, and Emily Christensen, Senior Writer-Editor, for Marketing and Communication support.

        The Saint John's Bible exhibit and year-in-residence was made possible by a generous gift from Dr. William Hamm.  Walnut for the display cases was donated by Pastor Larry Trachte, and all cases were built by master woodworker Julie Frantsen.


        Knights of the Page -- Volunteer Guides for The Saint John's Bible

        Knight of the Page Julia Evans explains the Pentateuch to gallery guests

        A docent is a person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo.  The Knights of the Page are a cadre of interested people who have been trained to share The Saint John’s Bible with the public.  If you are interested in becoming a Knight of the Page, contact Karen Lehmann.

        • Alyssa Hanson
        • Anna Knapp
        • Ashley Lahti
        • Ashley Rosa
        • Brian Jones
        • Chip Bouzard
        • Christina Thompson
        • David Herwaldt
        • Eileen Myers
        • Emma Evans-Peck
        • Gail Sexton
        • Jenny McBride
        • Jill Westen
        • John Vallen
        • Julia Evans
        • Karen Lehmann
        • Kalyn Ertz
        • Laura Tanner
        • Mark Lehmann
        • Morgan Sederburg
        • Ramona Bouzard
        • Tyler Hoey
        • Zach Stanley

        An Exhibit to Remember


        Official Wartburg College Website

        Click here for the link to the official college site, which introduces The Saint John's Bible and lists special events and programming during the 2014 year-in-residence.

        The Pentatuech and Gospel & Acts are currently on display at Vogel Library.

        These 2 books will be displayed near the 2nd floor Service Desk.  Group visits can continue to be scheduled with Gail Sexton.

        Wartburg in the News


        Genealogy Inks

        Quills and artists’ colors lie on a table next to a fragment of illumination from the Gospel according to Matthew. Donald Jackson uses tools and materials of every description in the making of The Saint John’s Bible. The red vermillion cakes were made in the 1870s and are used for the red bullets and footnotes throughout the Bible.



        Copyright © Michael Freeman, Michael Freeman Photography, London, England


          Photos From the Gallery


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