Saint John's Bible reproduction donated to JKM Library May 12, 2010

A seven-volume reproduction set of the Saint John’s Bible was donated by the Rev. Dr. James Scherer, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago professor emeritus of missions and church history, to the JKM Library. The first five volumes of the Bible were dedicated in a chapel ceremony on April 27, 2010. The volumes were brought, in procession from the chapel, to the JKM Library.

“While on a visit to Saint John’s Abbey, I saw the original work and wanted to share it with the LSTC community,” said Dr. Scherer at the dedication. When the final two volumes are published, they will be added to the collection at JKM Library.

Monumental work to be completed in 2011
The Saint John Bible, a seven-volume illuminated manuscript of the Bible, was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery in Minnesota, in 1998. Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, is leading a team of scribes and artists at his studio in Wales on the project.  It is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of this size to be commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery in 500 years. Planning began in 1998. The first words, from the Gospel of John, were written on Ash Wednesday in 2000. The final volume, “Letters and Revelation,” is expected to be completed in 2011.

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Viewing the volumes at JKM Library
The Saint John’s Bible is part of the reference collection of the JKM Library. They may be found by using the library’s online catalog.

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