Please join us for a series of lectures on the St. John’s Bible featuring faculty from Malone University’s Department of Theology. These lectures will take place at the Canton Museum of Art each tuesday between January 21st and February 11th. They will begin at 5:30 and end at 6:30. Please RSVP by clicking the link below, and read more about these events below.


Information on each of the four lectures are as follows:

Date: 1/21/14

Title: The Saint John’s Bible and Isaiah’s Vision in the Temple

Presenter: Dr. Joel Soza

Description: “This lecture will introduce the Saint John’s Bible and provide a commentary on the illumination of Isaiah’s Vision in the Temple as recorded in Isa.5:26-6:6.”

Time: 5:30-6:15

Location: Canton Museum of Art


Date: 1/28/14

Title: Imaging the Divine: John 1 and The Word Made Flesh

Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Nicholson

Description: “How does one picture the divine? This lecture will explore the connections between John’s verbal description of the incarnate Christ and the visual portrayal found in the St. John’s Bible.”

Time: 5:30-6:15

Location: Canton Museum of Art


Date: 2/4/14

Title:  The Vision of the New Jerusalem:  Saints as a Space and not Space for Saints

Presenter: Dr. Duane Watson

Description:  “The lecture explores the Vision of the New Jerusalem within the cosmology and symbolism of apocalyptic literature and how the illumination in the Saint John’s Bible might have looked from that perspective.”

Time: 5:30-6:15

Location: Canton Museum of Art


Date: 2/11/14

Title: Imaging the Divine, Part 2: The Inaugural Vision of Ezekiel

Presenter: Dr. D. Nathan Phinney

Description: The famous ‘throne chariot’ vision of Ezekiel 1 attempts the very difficult task of portraying the God of the Hebrew Bible.  This lecture will investigate this text in its literary and Ancient Near Eastern contexts.  Ezekiel illuminations from the St. John’s Bible, as well as other artistic depictions of this passage will be discussed with an eye toward connecting theology and art.

Time: 5:30-6:15

Location: Canton Museum of Art


The Saint John’s Bible

In 1995, Saint John’s University and Abbey in Minnesota initiated a major undertaking to produce a modern illuminated Bible using entirely medieval techniques and materials.

The Saint John’s Bible was created by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, along with a collaborative team of scribes, artists, theologians and scholars. This is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size (2’ tall x 3’ wide when open) to be commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery in 500 years. All 73 books of the Old and New Testaments are presented in seven volumes of approximately 1,150 pages — produced on calfskin vellum using goose, turkey and swan quills; lamp black ink from 19th century Chinese ink sticks; cakes and powdered pigments mixed with egg yolk and water; gold leaf; and stencils and stamps used to apply paint and gold powder throughout.

Malone University’s Cattell Library is the permanent home of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition – one of a limited number of full-sized, signed and numbered fine-art reproductions of the original masterpiece.

“One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time,” saysSmithsonian Magazine. (Image at left: To the Ends of the Earth, Donald Jackson with contributions from Sally Mae Joseph and Andrew Jamieson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.)

From December 5 – March 2,  Malone University is pleased to collaborate with the Canton Museum of Art in bringing to the Museum a magnificent exhibit featuring 34 displays with 68 original pages – the first touring exhibit to show works from all seven completed volumes. Also on display will be the materials used to create the work. In addition, the Museum will create a corollary exhibition entitled Sacred Voices, featuring national artists who express their faith through art, along with collaborative events from regional churches, synagogues, musical and choral groups, and curated by Malone University alumna Michele Waalkes.

For a bit more information on the St. John’s Bible, watch Malone’s Dr. Joel Soza below: