The St. John's Bible Heritage Edition

Baylor University is proud to be home to one of a very limited number of St. John's Bible Heritage Editions, a "fine art reproduction of the original" work, which was conceived by Donald Jackson in the 1970s as a "masterpiece in art and biblical scholarship." 

Upcoming Events

September 27, 2019
Blessing and Dedication Ceremony, Truett Seminary

November 7, 2019
Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, on the art and impact of the Saint John's Bible

About the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition

"The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program is an international initiative for individuals and institutions to explore the artistic and spiritual beauty of The Saint John’s Bible.  Through its primary offering, the Heritage Edition, communities around the world can use this gift of sacred art to ignite their spiritual imaginations for generations to come." (Source: The St. John's Bible website, www.saintjohnsbible.org)

The Baylor Libraries acquired copy number 105 (of 299 total copies) in 2019. The seven-volume, New Revised Standard edition of the Bible features 160 major illuminations and hundreds of additional illustrations that weave together the Biblical narrative in an awe-inspiring, visually-stunning manner. Mr. Jackson, who is the official calligrapher to Queen Elizabeth II, worked with the monks of St. John's Abbey and University in Minnestoa to create this impressive work.

Photos of Baylor's Heritage Edition
Interim Dean of University Libraries John S. Wilson and Director of Central Libraries' Special Collections Beth Farwell examine the shipping crate containing the St. John's Bible.
Interim Dean of University Libraries John S. Wilson and Director of Central Libraries' Special Collections Beth Farwell examine the shipping crate containing the St. John's Bible.
John Wilson, Andrea Turner (Central Libraries Special Collections) and Sha Towers (Interim Associate Dean for Central Libraries) set a volume of the St. John's Bible on a viewing stand
John Wilson, Andrea Turner (Central Libraries Special Collections) and Sha Towers (Interim Associate Dean for Central Libraries) set a volume of the St. John's Bible on a viewing stand
An illuminated page from the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
An illuminated page from the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
The volume information page from Baylor University's copy of the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
The volume information page from Baylor University's copy of the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
Amy Runyon and Susan Bowlin examine a volume from the St. John's Bible
Amy Runyon and Susan Bowlin examine a volume from the St. John's Bible
An illuminated page and its corresponding text page from the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
An illuminated page and its corresponding text page from the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
Detail of a page from the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
Detail of a page from the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
Amy Runyon, Kathy Hillman and Lori Evers view a volume of the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
Amy Runyon, Kathy Hillman and Lori Evers view a volume of the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
Interim Associate Dean for University Libraries Sha Towers opens a volume from the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
Interim Associate Dean for University Libraries Sha Towers opens a volume from the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition
Baylor Libraries Team Visits St. John's Abbey

As part of the training process surrounding the acquisition of the Heritage Edition, a team of Baylor Libraries faculty and staff members traveled to Collegeville, MN to Saint John's Abbey, where the original Saint John's Bible is located. The video below documents their journey.

Arrange an In-Person Experience

To arrange an opportunity to view the Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible in person - as a research opportunity or for a classroom experience - please email Beth Farwell at beth_farwell@baylor.edu.

For More Information on the St. John's Bible

The St. John's Abbey and University maintains an in-depth website on the process behind creating the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition and the symbolism behind its artwork.

Central Libraries Special Collections

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Waco, Texas 76798

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