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Saint John’s Bible Featured in 2015 Siena Lecture

  • Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015

Madison, Wis. (October 14, 2015) – Edgewood College is pleased to welcome Fr. Michael Patella for the 2015 Siena Lecture, To the Ends of the Earth: Illumination in the Saint John’s Bible.Saint Johns Bible

Fr. Patella will share both the global process of creating the illuminations, and stories of individuals’ spiritual transformations in creating the Saint John’s Bible. He currently serves on the faculty of the School of Theology and Seminary at Saint John’s University.

The lecture takes place at 7:00 pm, Wednesday October 21, 2015, in Anderson Auditorium. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.

The Saint John’s Bible is a hand-written and illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.  A team of scholars at Saint John’s University in Minnesota partnered with a team of artists to complete this massive undertaking which employs techniques and materials used by scribes for centuries prior to the invention of the printing press.

This 21st Century handwritten Bible renders an ancient book with a newer translation – the New Revised Standard Version.  The script and illuminations were all done by hand, over the course of eleven years. This Bible project fills more than 1100 pages of calfskin vellum, bound in seven volumes.

The Heritage Program enables institutions to enjoy a piece of this extraordinary work, though high quality reproductions of those seven books. The Heritage Edition book of Gospels and Acts of the Apostles is currently on campus for lectures and classroom presentations through the end of 2015.

We gratefully acknowledge Ken Ballweg whose generosity makes this special opportunity possible.