Benedictine monastery commissions handwritten, illuminated Bible

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Tuesday 16, February 2016 | Category:   Church History,Scripture
Pope Francis blesses Apostles Edition of Saint John's Bible at Congress Sept. 2015
Pope Francis blesses the Saint John's Bible created by the team of artists, calligraphers, theologians, and Benedictines at Saint John's Abbey in Minnesota.

Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota commissioned the Saint John's Bible, the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible since the invention of the printing press more than 500 years ago. Twelve were produced.

One copy of this rare Bible was gifted and presented to the Library of Congress in honor of Pope Francis' address to the joint meeting of Congress in September 2015.

Since 1998 theologians at Saint John's Abbey and University and a team of artists and calligraphers have been working on the Bibles entirely by hand, writing with quills and illuminating it with precious metals and paints ground manually from minerals.

The Bible is on display at Saint John's Abbey and will go on tour as an exhibit around the world, including as part of a 2016 summer seminar: The Resurrection in the Gospel of John Illuminated through the Saint John's Bible at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. 

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