What Will Happen Next to the Saint John’s Bible?

St. John's Bible ProjectIt’s been more than a decade in the making, but with the completion of the final pages of The Saint John’s Bible this spring, thoughts turn toward its future.

Pictured: Tim Ternes, third from left, director of The Saint John’s Bible Project, describes significant features in some pages during the unveiling of the final pages of the Bible Thursday at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis. (Jason Wachter, The St. Cloud (Minn.) Times)

The last pages of the first handwritten, illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years were unveiled Thursday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. St. John’s Abbey and University sees the completion of the project as the beginning of a new phase — one that involves global visibility and teaching.

“St. John’s has not commissioned another work like this,” said Tim Ternes, director of The Saint John’s Bible project. “However, they are part of a continuing story.”

The Saint John’s Bible represents a 15-year collaboration of Scripture scholars and theologians in Collegeville, Minn., with artists and calligraphers at the scriptorium in Wales under the direction of Donald Jackson.

“The next step is to disseminate the Bible, to really use it — both as a work of spirituality and a work of art,” said the Rev. Robert Koopmann, president of St. John’s University.

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Source: Frank Lee, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times / USA TODAY

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