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Blog post from Sunday, 10 August, 2014

The St John’s Bible

In 1998 calligrapher Donald Jackson was contracted by Saint John’s Abbey to fulfil his lifelong dream of creating a modern illuminated Bible. This was to be the first illuminated bible to be made since the invention of the printing press in the 1400’s, as well as a bible for the modern age and the future.

The Abbey, a Benedictine monastic community in central Minnesota, envisioned a Bible that would ignite the spiritual imagination of people for centuries to come. It would be contemporary, multicultural and prophetic. (from The St John’s Bible, Volume 1, Pentateuch)

Held in rare books and special collections at the State Library of NSW the St John’s Bible is number 86 of a limited set of 299 published. The set consists of seven volumes including 160 colour illuminations reflecting a contemporary blending of religious imagery from various traditions spread over 1,150 pages.