The Saint John's Bible at Gustavus

Gustavus is proud to house a full set of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible.


The Saint John's Bible was commissioned in 1998 by Saint John's Abbey and University. A collaborative effort, coordinated by calligrapher Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in central Minnesota, brought together a diverse group of professionals ranging from artists to botanists to linguists. The final product is an entirely hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible created using both modern technology and ancient tools and techniques. The Saint John's Bible was completed in 2011. 

The Saint John's Bible is intended to be used and viewed, both as a Bible and as a work of art. Gustavus houses a full set of the Heritage Edition, a fine art reproduction of the original Bible. It is located in the Gustavus Adolphus College and Lutheran Church Archives of the Folk Bernadotte Memorial Library and can be viewed by anyone. Visit their facebook page to see a new page of the Bible every two weeks!

For more information about the history, process, and programming related to the Saint John's Bible, as well as the ability to virtually explore each volume, visit the official website.

Gustavus' use of the Saint John's Bible is featured in the Summer/Fall 2017 edition of The Scribe.

Gustavus Saint John's Bible