Friday, April 4, 2014

Live @ the Library: The Saint John's Bible

From Inspiration to Illumination, an Introduction to The Saint John's Bible

Presenter:   Tim Ternes
                  Director, The Saint John's Bible
                  St. John's University
Date:          Friday, April 11, 2014
                  Preview for Students, Convo Credit Available, 10:00am, Davis 233
                  Reception 6:00 p.m. — Presentation 6:45 p.m.
Location:    Main Reading Room, University Library

Open to the public and Convo credit available

Please RSVP to assist with seating and refreshments.

The University Library invites you to attend a presentation on and a viewing of The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition.

The limited edition will be on view at a reception and presentation on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the University Library.

Mr. Tim Ternes, Director, The Saint John's Bible, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library will be presenting "From Inspiration to Illumination, an Introduction to The Saint John's Bible."

"The mission of The Saint John's Bible is to ignite the spiritual imagination of people around the world"
– Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, president of Saint John's University

We hope you can join us for this special event and experience the beauty, artistry and inspiration in person.
Please complete the RSVP form to assist us in providing adequate seating and refreshments.

 "The Saint John's Bible is a monumental work capturing the spirit, scale, materials and techniques of the great medieval European bibles, while bringing them into the present with a New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) text. This exceptional new addition to Samford's collection is the culmination of more than 40 years of research and artistic labor by Welsh artist Donald Jackson and a host of theological advisors and craftspeople.

"The Saint John's Bible is the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago. The Heritage Edition is a work of art in itself, a fine art reproduction of the original manuscript. Only 299 sets of the Heritage Edition were created and Samford University is the only location in the state to own a set. "The Heritage Edition provides an accessible link to the original artwork for those who wish to bring its beauty, spiritual and historic significance into their lives and the lives of others," said Eric Hollas, OSB, senior associate for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Saint John's University.

"The Saint John's Bible represents a 15-year collaboration of scripture scholars and theologians at Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. with a team of artists and calligraphers at the scriptorium in Wales, United Kingdom under the direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world's foremost calligraphers and Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Crown Office at the House of Lords. Written and drawn entirely by hand using quills and paints hand-ground from precious minerals and stones such as lapis lazuli, malachite, silver and 24-karat gold, The Saint John's Bible celebrates the tradition of medieval manuscripts while embracing 21st century technology to facilitate the design process and collaboration between Saint John's in Collegeville and the scriptorium in Wales."

Press Release from

Text contributed by Kimmetha Herndon, Dean, University Library
and Catherine Evans, Systems Librarian

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