ABOUT THE BOOK
The first in a series of full-color, reproductions from The Saint Johnís Bible, the Pentateuch is foundational to both Judaism and Christianity. The Pentateuch features text and illuminations of the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) known as the Torah in Judaism. Prominent illuminations include Creation, Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Jacobís Ladder, Abraham and Sarah, the Ten Commandments and the Death of Moses.
In beautiful handwritten script and elegant design, the Pentateuch contains the cherished stories of faith that are thousands of years old. This book provides an artistic interpretation of humanityís oldest literature still recited as living history.
That these stories are significant to Jewish and Christian traditions is not surprising since they reflect the hopes, dreams, fears, and deeds of people living side by side with the earthís oldest civilizations. Over time, these spiritual descendants of Abraham and Sarah introduced God to all the inhabitants of the Middle East and beyond. Their message was simple. God and his creation are good; evil enters when prideful humans go their own way. Nonetheless, God continues to love unconditionally.
Donald Jackson, a world renowned calligrapher and illuminator, in collaboration with artists and theologians, has woven together word and image in this once-in-a-millennium project. Significant in both size and scope, The Saint John's Bible will be bound in seven magnificent volumes comprising nearly 1,100 pages, measuring 15 7/8 inches wide x 24 1/2 inches tall. The translation of the Saint John's Bible is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). It was chosen because it is theologically sound, and has the distinction of being officially authorized for use by major Christian churches.
Commissioned by the monks of Saint John's Abbey and University as a Bible for our time, The Saint John's Bible is a unique blend of ancient methods, materials and tools with modern themes, images, technology and text. Whether you have a deep reverence for Scripture, are drawn to the precise work of the quill, are an avid art collector, or are fascinated by the making of The Saint John's Bible, you now have the opportunity to take home the experience of this project through full-color, page-by-page reproduction books.
This is a work of art Ö this is a great work of art Ö this is a work for eternity.
- His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
We tend to read greedily and hastily, as we do so many other things: this beautiful text shows us a better way. This project not only revives the ancient tradition of the church sponsoring creative arts, it also offers an insight into that lost skill of patient and prayerful reading.
- The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Rowan Williams
The glow of brilliant colour and the striking if not startling inter-textual designing gracing another volume of The Saint John's Bible provide ample justification for this joint project of St. John's Abbey and Saint John's University.
- Prairie Messenger
One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time.
- Smithsonian Magazine
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