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

April 23, 2012
By Carol Eyler

The Carleton College Library, along with the St. Olaf College Libraries, the Northfield Public Library and the Friends of the Northfield Public Library will sponsor a free public event in Northfield about The Saint John’s Bible at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 14 in the Weitz Center Cinema.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in over 500 years. This monumental work in seven volumes was officially commissioned in 1998 and the final “Amen” of Revelations was penned in May of 2011 by calligrapher and artistic director, Donald Jackson, at his scriptorium in Wales. Replete with original art, including illuminations in gold, silver and platinum throughout, The Saint John’s Bible has been praised by Pope Benedict XVI saying “This is a work of art, a great work of art ... a work for eternity.” Ecumenical in its conception, the images draw from all major faith traditions, and include contemporary imagery, such as a view of earth from space, as well as more traditional images.

The Northfield community will have a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this unique work of art on Monday, May 14, when Tim Ternes, Executive Director of The Saint John’s Bible at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, will present a program on the making of the Saint John’s Bible at 7:30 pm in Carleton’s Weitz Center Cinema.

Come learn about the conception, processes, tools, methods and materials behind the making of The Saint John’s Bible. Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to handle vellum and writing quills and to see full-size, beautifully bound fine art reproductions of the some of the pages of The Saint John’s Bible.

In addition to the sponsors listed above, this program is sponsored supported by the Friends of the Northfield Public Library, the Carleton and St. Olaf College Libraries and the Northfield Area Interfaith Association, the Visualizing the Liberal Arts Initiative at Carleton College funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The event is free and open to the public.

Details: “From Inspiration to Illumination: an introduction to The Saint John’s Bible.” Weitz Center Cinema, Monday, May 14, 7:30 pm. (Doors will open at 7:00 pm.)

The Weitz Center is located at 320 East Third St. and Union Ave. (former site of Northfield Middle School) – in the block just west of Central Park. Parking is available on adjacent streets, except where prohibited. Direct access (steps) to the Cinema is from Union St, across from the First United Church of Christ. Accessible entrance via ramp at Third St. entrance & then elevator to Cinema level. For more information about this event, please call or email Carol Eyler at the Carleton College Library, 507-222-4268 or

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