The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition is a timeless gift of sacred art. Its breathtaking beauty offers hope today and will inspire future generations for centuries to come. While the original manuscript resides at Saint John’s University, this fine art version has been created to be a source of hope to people around the world.
An extension of the original work, the Heritage Edition is the only full-size, limited, signed and numbered fine art edition that will ever be produced. In all, 299 fine art editions have been created and placed in religious, arts, academic, healing and literary institutions around the world, including the Diocese of Hamilton.
The first volume released was presented to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in April 2008. Upon viewing the pages, Pope Benedict exclaimed: “This is a work of art… this is a great work of art… this is a work for eternity.”
Bound in Italian leather and printed on 100 percent cotton paper, the Heritage Edition features the exquisite calligraphy, vibrant imagery and stunning gold and silver illuminations inspired by the original. With Donald Jackson as the creative director, the Heritage Edition is a work of art in its own right and each volume includes Jackson’s signature as its certificate of authenticity.
In 2017, St. Jerome’s University has two volumes of the Heritage Edition on campus: Gospels and Acts is on display in the Atrium of the Academic Centre; Pentateuch is on display in the Classrooms & Library Building.