carson-newman is one of a limited number of institutions worldwide to house a rare, full-size artistic reproduction of the saint john’s bible.

it holds the distinction of being the first handwritten and illuminated bible to be commissioned by a benedictine abbey since the invention of the printing press more than 500 years ago. each volume is two feet tall by three feet wide and weighs 20 pounds each. the intricate combination of scripture and art has been called "one of the extraordinary undertakings of our time," by smithsonian magazine.

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the process

the saint john's bible is a work of art and a work of theology. a team of artists coordinated by donald jackson in wales and a team of scholars in central minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical christian approach to the bible rooted in benedictine spirituality. the result is a living document and a monumental achievement.

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