Saint John’s Bible Information

Dear Berea Community and beyond,

We are pleased to share the exciting news that the Saint John’s Bible now has a permanent home at Berea College.  Its first introduction to the community was in the reading of the Nativity story during the Christmas Concert held December 2 – 3, 2016.

The Saint John’s Bible is a work of art and a work of theology.  A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality.  The result is a living document and a monumental achievement (

Please come by and enjoy the words and the beauty of this incredible Bible.  A volume of the Saint John’s Bible will be on display daily on the main floor of Hutchins Library. Additional volumes of the Bible may be viewed in Special Collections by appointment.  To arrange a time to view the Bible, please e-mail Special Collections.  We look forward to this treasure being used and enjoyed by professors, staff, students, and the wider community.

We want to express our deep gratitude to the many people who played a part in making it possible for the Saint John’s Bible to have a home here at Berea College.

Photos of when the Bibles were opened on campus; November 2016.

March  29, 2017 videos
Chapel Service Celebration
Saint John’s Bible Celebration – CCC & Hutchins Library