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The Saint John's Bible at Pepperdine: Home
Use this InfoGuide for information about the Saint John's Bible and how you can use it at Pepperdine.
About the Saint John's Bible
Pentateuch Volume of The Saint John's Bible
The Saint John’s Bible is a work of sacred art that unites an ancient Christian tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium. In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce the hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. The Heritage Edition, on display in Payson Library, is a fine-art reproduction of the original with the mission of igniting the spiritual imagination of people on all faith journeys.
Manuscripts at Pepperdine
The Saint John's Bible complements a growing collection of manuscripts in Pepperdine's Special Collections and University Archives. This image is manuscript leaf from a 13th century Bible in Otto Ege's portfolio, Original Leaves from Famous Bibles.
The Saint John's Bible at Pepperdine
Pepperdine acquired the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible in honor of the school's 75th anniversary in 2012. Since then, the library has shared The Saint John's Bible in campus chapel services, at local churches, with visiting groups, and at events such as the Bible Lectures and a calligraphy conference. Most significantly, The Saint John's Bible is used in academic classes at Pepperdine.
We welcome you to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an in-person viewing of The Saint John's Bible at Pepperdine once we re-open, either as an individual, a group, or for a class.
Books About The Saint John's Bible
These books include useful information about The Saint John's Bible, including how it was made as well as its connections to art, theology, and justice, amongst other topics. Almost all of these books are available as eBooks, and most are also available as print books in Payson Library. Please click the link for access to the book.
The Art of the Saint John's Bible by Susan SinkFrom the time that pages of The Saint John's Bible began touring in major exhibitions, people have been moved, captivated, and inspired by this stunning work of modern sacred art. But they often have questions about the illuminations that are scattered throughout the Bible. Why was a certain Scripture passage chosen for illumination rather than another? What materials and source imagery are behind the illuminations? This book provides answers to these important questions and many others.
Publication Date: 2013-09-20
Illuminating the Word by Christopher CalderheadIn this companion volume to The Saint John's Bible, Christopher Calderhead takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this extraordinary project. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, this book tells the story of the makers of the Bible and the community at Saint John's Abbey and University.
Publication Date: 2015-04-28
Word and Image by Michael Patella; Benjamin C. Tilghman (Contribution by)In Word and Image, Michael Patella explores the principles, intentions, and aims of The Saint John's Bible- the first handwritten and hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine abbey since the invention of the printing press. Patella focuses not on how it was made but on how it can be read, viewed, and interpreted in a way that respects biblical inspiration and Christian tradition in our postmodern context.
Browse this list of additional online resources curated by the Saint John's Bible team.
About Special Collections and University Archives
The Special Collections and University Archives at Pepperdine acquires materials of historical and cultural significance - materials that tell the story of our shared heritage and that support teaching, learning, and research at Pepperdine. Unique and rare photographs, maps, letters, books, and audio and video recordings document a wide variety of topics, including the history of our own institution and region. In addition to capturing and promoting our heritage, these materials provide rich resources for students’ research.