Saint John's Bible

A monumental work of sacred art.

Lighting the Word: Creighton and the Saint John’s Bible

In this video series, produced by Creighton Archives and University Communications and Marketing, Creighton University experts explore the timeless Scriptures and breathtaking illuminations found in the Saint John’s Bible – the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in over 500 years. A Heritage Edition of the Bible is currently on loan to Creighton from Michael McCarthy, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Nancy.


The Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible

Through the generosity of our new Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Michael J. McCarthy, and his wife Nancy, Creighton is now the steward of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible. The Heritage Edition is a unique, full-size reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible – a monumental work of sacred art commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., in 1998. Completed in 2011, this beautiful, inspiring handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible was created by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson and a team of scribes, artists, theologians, and scholars. Only 299 sets of the Heritage Edition were created, so we are deeply grateful that the McCarthys are sharing this wonderful work of art and Scripture with Creighton University and the wider community. A schedule for public display is being planned. We also hope to develop academic programming and events that will complement and enhance this unique opportunity to host the seven volumes that make up this Bible. Please stay tuned for updates, and please also envision how you might use and enjoy it in your own work. Thank you, again, to the McCarthys for making this possible. This is a treasured addition to our campus.

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