Item description for Saint John's Bible: Gospels and Acts (Saint Johns Bible #1) by Donald Jackson...
Overview "A full-color reproduction of the handwritten and illuminated work, The Saint John's Bible, in seven volumes"--Provided by publisher.
Publishers Description 2006 Catholic Press Association Award Winner
The first of seven full-color, page-by-page reproductions from "The Saint John's Bible, Gospels and Acts" has more than 25 illuminations, including full-page opening illuminations for each of the four gospels. Some of the prominent illuminations include the "Genealogy of Jesus," the "Birth of Christ," the "Raising of Lazarus," the "Crucifixion, Christ Our Light," the "Last Supper, the Road to Emmaus," and "Pentecost."
The Word of God, hand-illuminated through ancient methods by a contemporary master, brings the reader to an epiphany of the sacred. Those who allow themselves to savor the experience unfolding before them will come to see how "Gospels and Acts" beautifully marries text and image to serve the Word.
Notes regarding Gospels and Acts Carpet Pages
"An internationally respected calligrapher, Donald Jackson is the artistic director and illuminator of "The Saint John's Bible." He is a Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Crown Office at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, a position in which he is responsible for the creation of official state documents. He is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year retrospective exhibition, "Painting with Words," premiered at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August, 1988 and traveled to 13 museums and galleries. Donald Jackson works with a team of theologians and artists from Saint John's University and Abbey on "The Saint John's Bible." From his scriptorium in Wales, he oversees scribes, artists, and craftsmen who work with him on the handwriting and illumination of the seven-volume, 1,150-page Bible.""
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 15.25" Width: 10.05" Height: 0.75" Weight: 3.62 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Liturgical Press
Series Saint Johns Bible
Series Number 1
ISBN 0814690513 ISBN13 9780814690512
Availability 0 units.
More About Donald Jackson
An internationally respected calligrapher, Donald Jackson is the artistic director and illuminator of "The Saint John's Bible". He is a Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Crown Office at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, a position in which he is responsible for the creation of official state documents. He is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year retrospective exhibition, Painting with Words, premiered at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August, 1988 and traveled to 13 museums and galleries. Donald Jackson works with a team of theologians and artists from Saint John's University and Abbey on "The Saint John's Bible". From his scriptorium in Wales, he oversees scribes, artists, and craftsmen who work with him on the handwriting and illumination of the seven-volume, 1,150-page Bible.
Reviews - What do customers think about Saint John's Bible: Gospels and Acts?
Saint John's Bible is the millenium Book of Kells Feb 21, 2008
My daughter and I recently came back from Ireland where we saw the Book of Kells. Yesterday we went to the exhibit of the Saint John's Bible at the Phoenix Art Museum. If you have a chance to see the exhibiy in person don't miss it. The Saint John's Bible is the Book of Kells for our time. This art is astounding! There are no word's to describe the wonder of the Art. The most compelling image for me was the view from space of the earth. As a child of the space age the art appealed to me because it has the roots of the past yet with a modern twist. The book itself is wonderful. I am a 3rd generation "printer", the book itself is magnificent, but yes it is a quality printed book, and a reproduction. It is not the "huge" original. But it is available at an extremly reasonable price to hold in your hands!!!! Last semester I paid $150 for a Calculus book which does not even come close, but I needed it for my job. Buy this book to feed your soul and mind - it is unforgetable. This book has modern artistic sensibilities and translations speak to the mind of one who has seen the universe.
Beautiful but Useless Nov 2, 2007
I too have seen the originals and was captivated by idea and the execution. When they said that they were going to make versions of them for the public I immediately planned to collect the entire set.
Now, 5 minutes after opening this (the first I had ordered), I have already printed off my return label.
The font is too small and too cramped. Since it is calligraphy, instead of being difficult to read, it would be nearly impossible to read. The dimensions of the book itself make severely awkward to hold while reading.
So if you want a beautiful piece of artwork to sit on your bookshelf, buy it.
If you want a beautiful Bible to study and read and enjoy, don't buy this. That's not what it's designed to be.
This book spells deluxe Sep 15, 2007
Just got the book today. I was excited when I opened the package. The book was in pristine condition. Nice packaging and no nicks or scratches on the cover. But the real treasure is in the individual pages. The pages approximate the color of the original vellum used (creamy to beige). The colors are crisp and the primaries are the dominant ones: reds, greens, blues of different hues. The gold color could not capture the original gold foils. I saw some pages from SD Museum of Natural History. I was spellbound. HOWEVER THE GOLD COLOR OF THIS EDITION COULD BE MANIPULATED: TRY READING IT USING NATURAL LIGHT (COMING FROM THE SUN) AND ANGLE THE PAGES A LITTLE BIT OBLIQUELY AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I MEAN. If you are not satisfied what this edition could offer, try getting the facsimile edition which looks like (from the measurements down to the gold foils) the real thing. But the asking price is $150,000 to cover up the expenses in making the original one. This edition is printed on alkaline paper and the individual pages are thick, made in China but the quality is excellent. I even went further of my perfectionist stint when I examined the print using x10 jeweller's loupe. The print is a little bit grainy which is no different from the best printed books of today. I was just hoping it was a Giclee print (much more expensive, though) which does not reflect on the book's price. As usual, the technique used in this printing is the time-honored color separation. The artworks used in the Gospels are superb and strikingly modern. Some, though, still mimick the Greek-Byzantine icons of the 5th to 17th centuries. I really like the full-page artworks especially the opening pages of each Gospels, Transfiguration, Good Samaritan-Prodigal Son and the page in the Acts depicting St. Paul. Calligraphy used in the majority of the text is somewhat monotonous but an art in itself. What striked me most is the attention to detail of the print. You can see some pages where the colors and ink bleed from the other side of the page (which you can see in the originals). Other peculiarity is the unintentional omission of the whole sentence/verse found in Mark chapter III between verse 20-21. The artist included the lost verse by using a figure of a bird picking it up and "inserting" the verse into the line. This makes this Bible more intersting and beautiful. There are other things I could say but this review would only spoil the surprise (spoiler alert!). Try experiencing the magnificence of this first release of the seven. I'm planning to buy the complete set for my collection in my personal library. P.S. The Book of Psalm received a very bad press and a lot of them (reviewers) were disappointed. But that would not deter me from buying the book.
Beautiful rendering of the Word of God Sep 9, 2007
This book is absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Have never seen anything like it and I will most certainly buy all of the other editions, as they come out. The price was excellent, I first saw this at the Museum of Natural History in San Diego, CA, where I live. I went to see the Dead Sea Scrolls on exhibit, they had a copy of this book in the book shop at the museum, the price was $20.00 more than what I paid on this site. And, as usual the price, service and delivery were excellent. Anyone who buys this will be absolutely please. A wonderful collection for your library. Thanks this site
worth the money, if ask me Aug 1, 2007
To have a copy of Gospels and act hand writen and the art is amazing. This is something one could pass long to family members thru the years or ages. It is bit prices, but it the Holy word of God and art about the son of Man.