National Handwriting Day and the Bible

In this digital age, when you can hold the entire Bible in the palm of your hand, imagine a seven-volume, handwritten Bible, like the Saint John’s Bible at Saint John’s University and Abbey in Wales.

In 1998, for the first time in 500 years, a Benedictine monastery commissioned a handwritten Bible to “ignite the spiritual imagination of people throughout the world!”

The project covered over a decade, with renowned artists, calligraphers, theologians, and historians combining ancient techniques with modern technologies. Modern touches appear in the illumination as well, including a depiction of earth as seen from space alongside Acts 1: 8–a definite first for an illuminated manuscript!

A Bible for our time—the Saint John’s Bible was designed in a digital template online, bringing this magnificently illuminated Bible to a new generation!

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