Loyola has acquired an edition of the Saint John’s Bible, the only handwritten and illuminated Bible since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago. It was written and drawn entirely by hand using quills and paints hand-ground from precious minerals and stones. There will be a volume placed at each of the three campuses, including one currently on display at the new School of Nursing building.
The Saint John’s Bible was a 15-year collaboration of Scripture scholars and theologians from Saint John’s Abbey & University in Minnesota and a team of artists and calligraphers at the scriptorium in Wales in the United Kingdom. The University’s Heritage Edition is a fine-art reproduction of the original manuscript and one of only 299 sets created. The University acquired this limited edition through the generosity of the Jesuit Community of Loyola University Chicago and its donors.