What: Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education will host “From Inspiration to Illumination: An Introduction to The Saint John’s Bible.” The event, which includes hands-on activities, is free and open to the public; however, reservations need to be made online or calling the Seton Hill University Box Office at 724-552-2929.
When: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: Cecilian Hall, Second Floor, Administration Building, Seton Hill University’s hilltop campus in Greensburg, Pa.
Who: Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John's Bible Project, Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn.
Background: During the presentation by Tim Ternes on April 30, guests will have the opportunity to see, hear and learn more about The Saint John's Bible , the first handwritten, monumental illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era. Through video, projected imagery, dynamic reproductions and engaging discussions, guests will learn more about this inspirational undertaking. Guests will view the pages of full-size, museum quality reproductions of the original and see first-hand the splendor of the work. Participants will get to handle vellum samples and a quill.
Commissioned at the dawn of the 21st century by Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., The Saint John’s Bible was created by scribes in a Scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers. The Bible was completed in 2011 and is permanently housed in the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at the abbey in Minnesota.
The Saint John's Bible incorporates many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors. It was written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. Yet it employs a modern English translation as well as contemporary scripts and illumination.
In addition to the presentation, an exhibition of 17 beautiful reproduction prints showcasing some of the amazing artworks in The Saint John's Bible are on display now through May 2, 2013 in Reeves Memorial Library at Seton Hill. Each print is accompanied by an explanatory text. The exhibit is open during regular library hours: Monday -Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10:50 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. -4:50 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4:50 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. -10:50 p.m.