Item description for Saint John's Bible: Psalms (Saint Johns Bible #2) 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 2007 Catholic Press Association Award Winner
The second of seven full-color, page-by-page reproductions from "The Saint John's Bible, Psalms" engages the eye and ear with five distinct scripts and exquisite illuminations that include digital voice prints of sacred songs from many ethnic and religious traditions.
The Book of Psalms or praises is known as the prayer book of the Bible. For centuries, it has been a source of prayer, devotion, and inspiration. Part of the popularity of the Psalms is that they incorporate the entire breadth of human emotion and experience 'joy, fear, anger, love 'al the things we bring to God in our prayer.
Visual representations of chants from Benedictine, Native American, Muslim, Taoist and other traditions are the basis for illuminations of the Psalms. The varying pitch of the chants is rendered graphically to provide a motif for the abstract illumination. Every Psalm page features a small gold image that graphically renders the chanting of the monks from Saint John's Abbey. This process of reading of the Psalms is a continuous reminder that the Psalms are to be sacred songs 'and that in such singing God is present.
Jackson chose colors to represent different themes, and designs to symbolize the different types of Psalms. He devised a way of weaving the two together that resulted in a unique script, colors and shading. Readers can identify the patterns representing the national history of Israel corresponding with the individual types of Psalms.
The way the Psalms appear in "The Saint John's Bible" provide a way to read our favorite Psalms with new eyes so that we might truly see the Psalms whether they are sung or read poetically.
Notes regarding "Psalms"Illuminations
"Donald Jackson is one of the world's leading calligraphers and the artistic director and illuminator of "The Saint John's Bible." He is a Senior Illuminator to the Queen of England's Crown Office and 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. "
"The launch of a national museum tour of the "The Saint John's Bible" began at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April 2005 where record crowds greeted the inaugural exhibit during its three-month run. "The Saint John's Bible" will continue its national exhibition tour that includes museums and galleries from throughout the United States and Europe. Learn more about The Saint John's Bible exhibit.""
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 15.3" Width: 10.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 2.73 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Liturgical Press
Series Saint Johns Bible
Series Number 2
ISBN 0814690564 ISBN13 9780814690567
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: Psalms?
Excellent Manuscript Nov 20, 2007
Looking at some of the previous reviews, it seems that the other reviewers are missing the point. This wasn't done by a computer; it was done by hand. "Increase the font size?" It isn't possible. It's not like it is a TrueType font on a computer. As for the lack of ornamentation, everyone is missing the point: the calligraphy itself is the art. NOBODY does this by hand, they haven't since the printing press was invented. The monks at St. John's Abbey did not do this to make money, or impress people, it was done to glorify God. If you need lots of pretty pictures to distract you while reading the Psalms, you are missing the point of the Psalms as well as the point of this project. When I think of the monks pouring over every word, making sure each stroke is perfect, that's all the inspiration I need.
Donald Jackson and his colleagues let their calligraphic skills shine in this volume of The Saint John's Bible. Unfortunately, many readers purchased this book hoping for the same level of illustration found in the Gospels and Acts voulme. What the detractors of Psalms utterly fail to understand is Jackson's intent to let the text of the psalms speak free from the artist's interpretation. The Psalms are perhaps the most personal texts in all of the Bible; it would have been truly unfortunate if the artist had imposed his vision on the psalms, rather than respecting their integrity as texts of personal and liturgical prayer.
St. John's Bible Psalms--Unbelievably Disappointing Aug 24, 2007
We believe in the St. John's Bible, its calligraphers, artists, editor. We found the volume devoted to the Psalms just totally disappointing. The Psalms call for handsome, colorful vignettes of all of nature's bounty -- grasses, flowers, seed pods, birds, insects, caterpillars, worms, whales, creatures great and small, the skies, clouds, rainbows, sun, moon and stars. But the pages of the Psalms are virtually EMPTY, alas. Even the calligraphy is a bit lackluster and small --very hard to read. We did not send our copy back (though it deserves that) because someday we want a complete, intact, set of all the volumes. Were the publishers in a hurry to get this volume out before it could match the standards of previous volumes? It feels like a potboiler, published to make a buck, coasting on the well-deserved laurels of previous volumes. We felt that we'd been "had." Honestly, we hope there will someday be a revision that makes the Psalms as creative, beautiful and breathtaking as the earlier volumes instead of just a sadly missed opportunity. We still want to thank the publishers for the rest of this remarkable Bible.
Disappointed Jul 15, 2007
Compared to the other two Donald Jackson Bible books I bought, the Psalm book is a disappointment. I looked forward to seeing Mr. Jackson's illustrations of the Psalms, but was let down when I saw he had done very little. As far as I am concerned, Mr. J. missed an opportunity to make the Psalms glow. Jean Rhoads, Bloomington, Indiana
Saint John's Bible:Psalms Jun 10, 2007
I already owned Saint John's Pentateuch and Gospels and Acts. Thinking of all the art possibilities for the Psalms, I was very disappointed with the Saint John's Bible:Psalms. I think the author missed a golden opportunity to make the Psalms shine. In a Christian thrift store I came across a small book called The Book of Psalms in the Authorized Version. There are lovely illustrations on practically every page. I believe it is being offered as a used book through this site at a very reasonable price. I won't buy another Saint John's Bible book without seeing it first. Jean Rhoads, Bloomington IN