In the Middle Ages, monasteries were leaven in both church and society. They were centers of culture and learning which kept the tradition of scriptural reading alive for the whole world. They helped preserve knowledge and culture for the sake of the larger human family. In commissioning a handwritten, illuminated Bible, Saint John's revives a tradition that has been nearly absent form the Christian world since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. The Saint John's Bible affirms this community's commitment to the study of Scripture, to the book arts, and to educational, artistic, spiritual and scholarly pursuits.
Psalm 150, Sally Mae Joseph (artist, scribe), Copyright 2004, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, Copyright 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All Rights reserved.
All seven volumes of the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition are on display across the Siena College campus. Digital images from the SJB are available to view in the Siena College Digital Collections.