Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A Magnificent Undertaking
The Saint John's Bible is the first handcrafted Bible commissioned by a Benedictine abbey in more than five hundred years.
I stumbled upon an article about this in my Santa Clara magazine.
The Saint John's Bible is separated into seven volumes. This was done for practical reasons—each completed, bound volume will weigh as much as 35 pounds, with a combined weight of more than 165 pounds. It also produced interesting artistic results. While images and motifs repeat across volumes, each collection of Biblical books takes on its own character. We can approach each collection and discover its particular character and place in the grand story of salvation.
It's a monumental undertaking, incorporating unparalleled artistic renderings.
The 7th and final volume is nearing completion.
I'm hoping there will be an opportunity to view some of the finished product.
Apparently several renderings are available through Amazon