The Saint John's Bible at UP | University of Portland

The Saint John's Bible at UP

The Saint John’s Bible is the first fully hand-illuminated and calligraphed Bible crafted in over 500 years. Commissioned by the Benedictine community of St. John’s in Collegeville, Minnesota, a team of artists used vellum, gold leaf, platinum and natural pigments to render a masterpiece meant to last and to ignite the spiritual imaginations of all God’s people.

In 2013, the University of Portland received the extraordinary benefaction of a life-size Heritage Edition of all 7 volumes of The Saint John’s Bible from Allen and Kathleen Lund. The volumes are housed in the entry of Clark Library, and the pages are turned every few days to offer visitors a visual feast. Click for details about how the volumes are used at UP.

Visit one or all of the portals below to explore and experience the transcendent beauty of The Saint John's Bible.


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Learn More

Explore the making of The Saint John’s Bible and see all seven volumes—and more—at its home site in Minnesota.


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Moments of Beauty

Spend 2-3 minutes beholding specific images accompanied by quiet music.


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Visio Divina

Enter into guided contemplative prayer focused on a single illumination, about 15 minutes each.