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The Saint John's Bible

Igniting the Spiritual Imagination

The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition is a fine art reproduction of the first illuminated manuscript bible produced in over 500 years. Limited to 299 copies, the purpose of this signed and numbered edition is "to ignite the spiritual imagination of people around the world of all faith journeys."

Commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, The Saint John's Bible presents all 73 books from the Old and New Testament in seven volumes. Artistic Director and calligrapher Donald Jackson, working with a team of artists in Wales, designed an alphabet, inked stamps, textile patterns, and other motifs that carry themes across The Saint John's Bible includes 160 illuminations, incorporating a wide range of artistic styles, including iconography, abstraction, chrysography, and illustration. As a work of sacred art, it stands alone. These volumes can be used in liturgies, by scholars, and in the daily life of a faith community. Xavier University Library displays a volume of The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition in the Conaton Learning Commons (CLC) atrium. The public is welcome to view the volume during the CLC's open hours. For more information on viewing volumes not currently on display, or to schedule tours or instruction sessions, contact University Archives and Special Collections at (513) 745-4821 or


*Excerpted and adapted, The Saint John's Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.