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Posted: Oct 17, 2010

The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition is a rare, fine-art reproduction of the celebrated Saint John's Bible. This Edition to Regis College is a gift from George and Gloria Allen of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Regis College has made this Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible available to the Villa Loyola Retreat Centre. A bilingual presentation will be made by Jesuit Father Gilles Mongeau, professor at Regis College.

Sunday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Villa Loyola - 4951 Long Lake Road, Sudbury

The Pentateuch volume will be on display at the Villa
November 8th to November 11th, 2010

(Viewing hours are from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The seven-volume gift is one of only 299 facsimiles of The Saint John's Bible, the first complete Bible to be scribed and illuminated by hand in more than 500 years. The original combines medieval artistic techniques with contemporary theological reflection in a visual medium.

The Saint John's Bible has already been recognized as a masterpiece of contemporary calligraphy and book art. When finished, the seven-volume bible will contain 1,150 pages and measure approximately three feet wide by two feet tall when open. But a quick glance at the illuminations throughout the book reveals that this is a project very much of its time.

The community at Saint John's University and Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, which commissioned the manuscript, has a long tradition of scholarly inquiry and social engagement, and many of the illuminations reflect these concerns through references to the biblical past and current events.

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