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The St. John's Bible is Here!

November 16, 2017

    The St. John’s Bible is the first hand-illuminated, hand-written Bible commissioned in more than 500 years. With 1,120 pages and 160 illuminations, The Saint John’s Bible contains every book of the Old and New Testament (New Revised Standard Version). Each page is two feet high and three feet wide, representing a masterpiece of the Living Word of God, and provides a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience to encounter the sacred text of our faith.

    Commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and completed in 2011, The Saint John’s Bible was created by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, with assistance from historians, medievalists, artists, biblical scholars and theologians. The international team painstakingly created every aspect of the manuscript, with stunning and breathtaking results.

    We are privileged to host Volume 6 (Gospels and Acts) of the St. John’s Bible at Christ Church through April 2, 2018. It will inspire and delight you with it’s beautiful calligraphy and illustrations. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with the Word of God in a whole new way.

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    The Gospels and Acts volume of the St. John's Bible is on display in the Good News Café at Christ Church Charlotte through April 2, 2018. Stop by any time Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM or Sundays before and after worship to see this amazing work of art. Pages will be turned regularly while on display.

    For a more up-close-and-personal experience, we will offer many opportunities for hands-on exploration. Please check the calendar for current dates and times for these "encounters" »

    Additional opportunities to see, touch, and experience The Saint John’s Bible will be offered to children and youth through Sunday School classes and Life Groups. Adult small groups, EfM classes, Bible studies, and other church groups are encouraged to utilize this wonderful resource as well. Plans are underway to take The Saint John’s Bible to Trinity Episcopal School and Palisades Episcopal School.

    To arrange an opportunity for your group to interact with the St. John's Bible, contact Genie Hufham at   or 704-562-5350.

    Christ Church offers numerous ways for individuals and groups to study the Bible. Find information about Bible studies at Christ Church here »


    More Information About The St. John's Bible
    "A Lifetime's Dream"  (5-minute video about artist Donald Jackson and the making of the Bible)

    "Illuminating: Medieval art form meets 21st-century knowledge in the Saint John's Bible"  Canadian Radio broadcast (54-minute audio)

    "From Inspiration to Illumination"  Library of Congress Lecture by the Director of The St. John's Bible Project (one hour video)

    "Illuminating the Word"  Lecture by Susan Sink, author of several books about The St. John's Bible (one hour video)


    I Am Sayings, Thomas Ingmire. (above)

    Top Images (left): Decoration, Facing Frontispiece, Donald Jackson with contributions from Sally Mae Joseph; (center): Listen to Him, (Mark, Chapter 11), Donald Jackson; (right): Life in Community, Aidan Hart with contributions from Donald Jackson. 

    Sidebar Image: Crucifixion, Donald Jackson.

    All images Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.