The Saint John’s Bible


Save the date for the upcoming exhibit of original pages of The Saint John's Bible.

Save the date for the upcoming exhibit of original pages of The Saint John’s Bible.

WHAT:  The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County announces the exhibition of 68 original pages selected from all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible.  The exhibition includes tools, sketches, materials and rare books which tell the story of this monumental creation.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible in 500 years to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery. Commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota and executed by Donald Jackson, the Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, this artistic creation is made up of 1130 pages made using traditional materials such as vellum, ancient inks, gold and silver leaf and platinum. The entire Bible was written by a team of scribes using quill pens cut from goose, turkey, and swan feathers.

This unique undertaking combines a centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship with the latest capabilities of computer technology and digital communication.

WHEN & WHERE:  This extraordinary exhibit is open from Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN during regular museum hours.

WHO:  Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible presents an intriguing and inspiring work of art for all people of all cultures and faith journeys.  This exhibit ion showcases a 21st-century Bible that reflects the images, passions and multiculturalism of our modern world.

Visitors will find themselves being drawn in by the striking illuminations, vibrant colors and thoughtful treatment of ancient texts.

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