The New Mexico History Museum is currently displaying pages from a magnificent hand-lettered Bible, one of few created in recent history. The Saint John’s Bible took root at an early 1990s retreat at New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch.
The project was eventually adopted by the monks of Saint John's Abbey in central Minnesota and produced at a scriptorium in Monmouth, Wales. The team members have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.
The exhibit, Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible and Contemplative Landscape, will be in the Museum’s second-floor Albert and Ethel Herzstein Gallery through April 7, 2012. Also part of the exhibition: A page from the 550-year-old Gutenberg Bible; early editions of the King James Bible, “The Letter, the Word & the Book,” a small exhibit of books and lettering in the Mezzanine Gallery through April 15; Free lectures, performances and workshops; and an evening with Donald Jackson, artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible and Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords.