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For the 2013-2014 academic year, Augustana will participate in the program "A Year With The Saint John's Bible." The Saint John's Bible is a handwritten, illuminated Bible commisioned by the Benedictine monks of Saint John's Abbey (Collegeville, Minn.). Two volumes of the Heritage Edition will be on permanent display at the collegeThis program will include 2 Heritage Edition Volumes on permanent display at the college as well as a month long exhibition of the full volume set of the Heritage Edition. Throughout the academic year, the college will host various events for the Quad-Cities community, including lectures, exhibits and open houses.

What is the St. John's Bible?

In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. Described as a gift of sacred art, it is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in more than 500 years. The entire Bible using the New Revised Standard Version text is presented in seven volumes of 1,150 pages. Donald Jackson is the senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Crown Office at the House of Lords in London. He also is an elected fellow and past chairman of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. The Saint John's Bible is a one of a kind work of art. No commission of this kind had been undertaken since the advent of the printing press in the 15th century. 


September 2013-May 2014

Two Heritage Edition Volumes of The Saint John's Bible will be on campus for the duration of the academic year. These are available for use in classrooms and other curricular and co-curricular forums. Contact: Connie Huntley (309) 794-7213

November 18-December 15, 2013

The full volume set of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible will be on display Tredway Library.

November 21, 2013

4:30-6:30 p.m. Open House to view The Saint John's Bible on display in the Tredway Library. Open to the Public.

November 21, 2013 -  From Inspiration to Illumination: An Introduction to The Saint John's Bible. Lecture by Tim Ternes, director and curator of The Saint John's Bible 

Open to the public; 6:30 p.m. Light Refreshements at Larson Hall.  7:00 p.m. Lecture at Larson Hall

Other events are pending, check back for further information. 

Use of Images For those who would be interested in using images from The Saint John's Bible, you would be granted full digital and copyright access. Please contact for more information. 


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