Illinois Wesleyan to Host a Year with The Saint John’s Bible
Jan. 5, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— A Heritage Edition of the first completely handwritten and illuminated
Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the invention of the printing press
more than 500 years ago – The Saint John’s Bible – will be displayed at Illinois Wesleyan
University for a year, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Made possible by a grant from Evelyn Chapel's Multifaith Fund, the Heritage Edition
of the New Testament’s four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles will be available
for the public to view at The Ames Library throughout 2018.
In 1998, Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned world-renowned
calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown Office
at the House of Lords in London, England, to lead a team of scribes and artists to
originally create The Saint John’s Bible, which was completed in 2011.
Under Jackson’s direction, the seven volumes of the Heritage Edition of The Saint
John’s Bible are true to the scale, beauty and artistic intent of original manuscript.
IWU will have access to two of these volumes during the course of the year: Gospels
and Acts and The Pentateuch.
The University will host four events to launch “A Year with The Saint John’s Bible,”
all of which are free and open to the public. Tim Ternes, the director of The Saint
John’s Bible at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, will offer his expertise during
the kick-off events.
Docent Training and Lunch Wednesday, Jan. 17 – 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington) Open to students, community members, faculty and staff who are interested in serving
as docents of and ambassadors for The Heritage Edition as it is brought into the community
for various special events.
Ecumenical and Blessing of The Heritage Edition Thursday, Jan. 18 – 11 - 11:45 a.m., Evelyn Chapel Local clergy, as well as the Prioress from St. Mary’s Monastery, will participate
in a service celebrating the beginning of the community’s “Year with The Saint John’s
The Interfaith Power of The Saint John’s Bible Thursday, Jan. 18 – 4 - 5 p.m., Evelyn Chapel Tim Ternes will discuss the ways the Bible was informed by multifaith conversation
at ReligiosiTEA, IWU’s weekly gathering for interfaith dialogue.
A Revolution in Illumination and Imagination: Introducing The Saint John’s Bible Thursday, Jan. 18 – 6:30 - 8 p.m. Presser Hall, Westbrook Auditorium (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington) Guests will be introduced to the story behind the creation of The Saint John’s Bible
through video, projected imagery, dynamic reproductions and engaging discussions.
For more information about Illinois Wesleyan’s events involving The Saint John’s Bible,
please contact University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger: email@example.com. More information about The Saint John’s Bible and the Heritage Edition can be found