In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University of Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson of Wales to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. This project was completed in 2011. It is the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago. It is especially interesting since it was Benedictine monasteries who created and housed almost all of the hand-created manuscripts from the end of the Roman Empire until the 11th century. They are still at it.
Visit The Saint John’s Bible site to explore its process and look at the bible.