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Cristina Vanin
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The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible since the invention of the printing press more than five hundred years ago. It was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University and was created by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, along with an international team of calligraphers and artists.
 
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.
 
The Saint John’s Bible is a Bible for the 21st century. Strands of DNA and magnified images of viruses are woven into illuminations. You will see images from the Hubble telescope, mandalas, patterns from Middle Eastern and South Asian textiles, images from aboriginal rock paintings, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, and much more.