Concordia St. Paul News

April 16, 2014

Saint John’s Bible Coming to Concordia University

Portions of the Saint John’s Bible, the first completely handwritten Bible created since the sixteenth century, will be on display at Concordia University, St. Paul during the 2014-15 academic year.

Commissioned in 1998 by Saint John’s Abby and University in Collegeville, Minn., this illuminated Bible includes the text of both the Old and New Testaments produced by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson. Completed in May 2011, the Bible is divided into seven volumes and stands two feet tall by three feet wide when open.

Through the Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program, two of the seven volumes of this work of faith, art and culture will be displayed on campus throughout the year. All seven volumes will be displayed for one month of the year. Online resources and several speakers will also be available to the university.

More information about the Saint John’s Bible can be found at