St. John’s Bible

The Saint John’s Bible is the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years. A team of scribes, artists, and craftspeople in a scriptorium in Wales and around the world worked on The Saint John’s Bible under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson and in collaboration with Saint John’s Abbey and University for more than 11 years.

Through 2017, Gethsemane Cathedral is home to the Gospel & Acts volume of the Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition, a full-size fine art edition of the original. Measuring two feet tall by three feet wide when open, it is the exact size of the original manuscript. Many of the illuminations are finished by hand, including the burnishing of gold foil.

You can view the Gospel & Acts volume and a small gallery of other pages from the Saint John’s Bible weekdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, on Sunday mornings, or by appointment. Groups are welcome to call the church, 701.232.3394, for tours and for presentations.

More information on the Saint John’s Bible and the Heritage Edition can be found here: