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The Saint John's Bible at Gumberg Library: Introduction

Illumination from the Saint John's Bible


Image Credit: Matthew 1:1-17, The Genealogy of Jesus, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved


Introducing The Saint John's Bible


This research guide is based on original content created by Kelci Baughman McDowell of the Santa Clara University Library. It is used with her kind permission.

The Saint John's Bible Manuscript


The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible will be on exhibit at Gumberg Library from November 11-December 20, 2019


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Power Center Ballroom

"A Visual Discussion of Social Justice & Science in The Saint John’s Bible"

This event is for current Duquesne students.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Power Center Ballroom

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

This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Africa Room

"Igniting the Spiritual Imagination with The Saint John’s Bible"

This event is for Duquesne faculty, staff, and administration.

What is The Saint John's Bible?

The Saint John's Bible is a seven-volume handwritten, hand-illuminated manuscript. Using the materials and techniques of medieval manuscripts its illuminations create a modern theological statement about diversity and inclusion. The Saint John's Bible blends Christian iconography with Eastern Orthodox, Muslim, Buddhist, and Native American symbols. It reconciles Christian values with contemporary science, and places technology and current events within the context of traditional biblical text.

The Benedictine monks of Saint John's Abbey in Minnesota commissioned Donald Jackson, the official scribe to Queen Elizabeth II, to create a handwritten Bible to celebrate the new millennium. The work took thirteen years to complete. With a team of 15 scribes and illuminators located on two continents, Jackson has created a Bible for the modern world.

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible is a life-size reproduction of the original copy of The Saint John's Bible that recreates the beauty of the original manuscript. Printed on 100% uncoated cotton paper, using state of the art offset lithographic technology, each volume is bound by hand, and includes hand-treated illuminations, making the Heritage Edition much more than just a fine print reproduction. Every Heritage Edition volume is signed by Donald Jackson.