The St. John's Bible is a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned in 1998 by the Saint John's Abbey and
University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Written entirely by scribes with quills in a scriptorium in Wales, no Bible
like it has been produced since the Middle Ages. It is now a permanent part of the LNDL Archives. Queen Elizabeth
II's renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson fashioned a unique script for this Bible. Working for over a decade with
scribes, artists and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, he oversaw the creation of a magnificent work in which
calligraphy and illumination bring the Word of God to life in an exquisite and inspiring blend of art and theology.
Our exhibit features the seven books of the Heritage Edition, a fine art reproduction of the original.
The seven volumes in LNDL's collection comprise the Old Testament (minus the Apocrypha) in five volumes, and the New Testament in two volumes. The individual volumes
consist of books of the Bible grouped in the following categories: Pentateuch, Psalms, History Books, Wisdom Books, Prophets, Gospels & Acts, and Letters & Revelation.
For appointments and questions, please call Archives & Special Collections at 410-617-6868 or the Research and Instruction Desk at 410-617-6802