Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School will sponsor an exhibition of artwork from the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible that will be on display in Duke Chapel from Jan. 17 to March 8. The exhibition is free and open to the public during Duke Chapel’s operating hours. Registration is not required.
DITA also will hold docent-led tours of a volume of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible in the Duke Divinity School Library on selected days from noon to 1 p.m. during the spring semester. The exact dates of the tours will be announced soon.
The art of The Saint John’s Bible transcends generations of religious traditions, incorporating ancient and modern themes to create a holistic, universal and uniquely human story built around the Word of God.
This contemporary bible was created by a group of 23 scribes, artists, and assistants in a scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords. The team worked in conjunction with a committee of theologians, scholars, and artists from Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. After 15 years of work, the pages were completed in 2011 and given a permanent home at Saint John’s Abbey and University.
The Saint John’s Bible incorporates many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors: it was written on vellum using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf, and platinum. Yet, it employs the modern, English translation of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the bible, as well as contemporary scripts and illuminations. The prints displayed in this gallery showcase a small sampling of the approximately 160 illuminations in the completed work.
Read an article about the exhibition on Duke Today.