A Year with the Saint John's Bible

Fremantle 31 Aug 2018 - 01 May 2019

Features 160 major original artworks, created over 13 years by a team of 30 artisans.

Originally commissioned by the Benedictine Monks, the Bible is part of the “Saint John’s Bible Project” that began in 1998 under the guidance of Donald Jackson (official master scribe and calligrapher to Queen Elizabeth II) with the support from Saint John’s Abbey and Saint John’s University in Minnesota USA.  The volumes were created by an international team of 30 calligraphers and artists over a 13-year period.

Limited to 299 sets of 7 volumes, each volume represents a portion of text and illustrations from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.

Thanks to sponsorship from Bible Society Australia, Volume Six of the Bible, Gospels and Acts, is on loan to the University and comprises of 1100 pages and showcases 160 major religious artworks created on calfskin vellum.  Measuring 60cm x 90cm, it is individually bound by hand in a single piece of Italian leather and is adorned with a silver clasp.  The Volume is numbered and initialled by Mr Jackson as a signature of authenticity.

The Bible explores the life of Jesus Christ and the early journeys of the Church in stunning detail. Striking features include the scattered use of gold leaf which represents the ‘divine’, while the use of silver/platinum reflects the principle of wisdom and detailed iconography symbolises God’s omnipresence.

The Gospels and Acts Volume of The Saint John’s Bible is on display in the University’s St Teresa’s Library, located in Bateman Courtyard (off Mouat Street, Fremantle).

If you wish to book a viewing of the Bible, please make an enquiry through https://bookings.library.nd.edu.au/calendar/sjb *.
*All events will need prior approval and a trained staff member will be present to assist with the viewing.

Sponsored by Bible Society Australia