The information and illuminations provided on this website are the property of The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota USA.
"One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time."
The 73 books are organized into seven volumes:
Wartburg College's year with The Saint John's Bible has come to a close. We would like to thank everyone who viewed the volumes at the gallery, at Vogel Library, through campus and community programs, or at Christmas With Wartburg.
Thousands of lives have been enriched by exposure to this amazing illuminated treasure, and it has been our pleasure to share it with you.
The Saint John's Bible Task Force and the Knights of the Page
About the Artwork: Creation, Donald Jackson with contribution by Chris Tomlin, Copyright 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA
A Year with The Saint John's Bible
In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible.
Wartburg College invited the public 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.
Two volumes of The Heritage Edition, Pentateuch and Gospels & Acts, were on display at Wartburg College in Vogel Library throughout 2014.
"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 John’s 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 featured framed illuminations from Heritage Edition of 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, two 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 the entire year. Special exhibits and events will be ongoing.
Gospels & Acts was a central focus during
each Christmas with Wartburg performance.
From Inspiration to Illumination (Nov. 6) — Learn the process of creating the Bible and turn the pages of the full-size, museum-quality art reproduction in this class led by Gail Sexton, coordinator of church relations and faith community outreach, and Karen Lehmann, information literacy librarian.
A Modern Manuscript Through Medieval Methods (Nov. 13) — Erika Lindgren, associate professor of history, and Rachel Clark, assistant professor of English, will explore the history of illustrated Bibles with connections to “The Saint John’s Bible.”
Christmas with Wartburg Inspired by “The Saint John’s Bible” (Nov. 20) — Chris Knudson, director of creative strategy, will discuss the creation of the Christmas with Wartburg backdrop and the production of the show.
Seeing the Word: The Art of “The Saint John’s Bible” (Dec. 4) — Ignite your spiritual imagination as you explore sacred scripture through the illuminations of “The Saint John’s Bible” with David Herwaldt, assistant professor of art. Participants also can learn about Visio Divina (Latin for Holy Seeing), with Dr. Rev. Chip Bouzard, a meditative practice using visual images to prayerfully reflect on scripture.