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St. John’s Bible on display beginning in October

OND Staff Report

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County has announced the opening of the largest exhibit in its history. It will feature 68 original folios of The Saint John’s Bible. This is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years. The exhibit will also include tools, sketches and rare books which tell the story of The Saint John’s Bible.

The exhibit will be open from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 at the Hjemkomst Center located at 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead. It is open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays and Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the exception of Tuesdays when it is open until 8 p.m.

According to information provided by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. It was executed by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office. Its 1,130 pages were made using vellum, ancient inks, gold and silver leaf and platinum. It was written by a team of scribes using quill pens cut from goose, turkey and swan feathers. Each volume of The Saint John’s Bible is 2-feet by 3-feet and weighs 30 to 40 pounds. The imagery in the Bible reflects the images, passions and multiculturalism of the modern world.