The Illuminated Bible Project
by St John's University
“One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time.”
In 1995, Saint John’s University and Benedictine Abbey in Minnesota initiated a major undertaking to produce a contemporary illuminated Bible using entirely medieval techniques and materials. The Saint John’s Bible was executed by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, along with a collaborative team of scribes, artists, theologians and scholars. The Saint John's Bible is monumental in size (2’ tall x 3’ wide when open) and produced on calfskin vellum using goose, turkey and swan quills; lamp black ink from 19th century Chinese ink sticks; cakes and powdered pigments mixed with egg yolk and water; gold leaf; and stencils and stamps used to apply paint and gold powder throughout.
“This is a work of art, a great work of art ... a work for eternity.”
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI