A rare Bible is coming from Minnesota to the Louisiana Book Festival.
Four volumes of the Saint John’s Heritage Bible, a full-size fine art edition, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Louisiana State Museum Serials Room.
There also will be a screening of the BBC film “The Illuminator and a Bible for the 21st Century” from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Capitol Park Welcome Center Screening Room. The film documents the creation of the Saint John’s Bible by Donald Jackson and his team of calligraphers and artists.
David Allaway, the edition director, will answer questions and explain the project during a program at 4 p.m. in the Capitol, House Committee Room 6.
“The Heritage Edition provides an accessible link to the original artwork for those who wish to bring its beauty, spiritual and historic significance into their lives and the lives of others,” said Eric Hollas, deputy to the president for advancement. “It is a work of art in its own right and ignites imagination as it imparts the word of God.”
The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the advent of the printing press. It was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University “with a mission to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world and to illuminate the word of God for a new millennium,” a news release says.
A team of scribes, artists and craftspeople in a scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson — one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London — worked on the Saint John’s Bible for more than 13 years.
Four of the seven volumes — Gospels & Acts, Pentateuch, Wisdom and Psalms — will be on display.