Saint John’s Bible Exhibit at the Library

Written by Leanne Hillery, Assistant Librarian

Birth of Christ - LukeThe Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible created with ancient methods since the invention of the printing press more than 500 years ago. It is a blend of age-old techniques and materials with modern themes and images. This seven volume masterwork of calligraphy and art was commissioned by Saint John’s University and Abbey in Minnesota. For the past seven years, a team of scribes and artists, led by master calligrapher Donald Jackson, have worked diligently to create the work that has come to be known as “America’s Book of Kells.” The result is a magnificent representation and celebration of the written word.

As part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration, the University Library is hosting an exhibit of eleven prints from the Saint John’s Bible in the library’s first floor exhibit area. A full-size reproduction of the Gospels and Acts will be displayed from September 4-14, 2008.

An exhibit opening event will occur on September 4, 2008 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. featuring a presentation in the Library Auditorium by Tim Ternes, Director of Programming and Exhibitions for the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John’s University. Mr. Ternes will discuss the creation of the Saint John’s Bible. A reception will immediately follow in the exhibition area of the library.

The exhibit runs from September 2-26, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Monday-Saturday) and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibit and all associated events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the St. John’s Bible, visit the official website at