Pepperdine Libraries is partnering with the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art to host a special exhibit of the Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition-in addition to the volume on display in Payson Library-which is on display in the museum through May 15. Created by expert artists and calligraphers, the Saint John’s Bible is the first illuminated, handwritten bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in more than 500 years..
A volume from the Heritage Edition being shown is one of only 299 copies of the original Saint John’s Bible that will ever be produced. The first was presented to Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in April 2008. The reproduction has involved the finest printing experts and binders in the world to ensure faithful representation of the original Bible. Each page and illumination has been scrupulously compared to its original counterpart to guarantee accurate reproduction.