First Benedictine-commissioned Bible in 500 years hosted at Notre Dame
A detail of the Holy Eucharist from the St John’s Bible. Photo: UNDA.
A heritage volume of the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the invention of the printing press more than 500 years ago is on display at Notre Dame University’s Fremantle Campus.
Work on The Saint John’s Bible commenced in 1998 under the guidance of Donald Jackson – the official master scribe and calligrapher to Queen Elizabeth II – with support from the St John’s Abbey and St John’s University in Minnesota USA.
A 30-person international team of calligraphers and artists took 13 years to