It has been centuries since the world saw a new illuminated Bible; that is, a
Bible copied by hand and decorated with pictures and colorful symbols. But
there is such a manuscript now in progress. It will be called The St. John's
Bible, named for a University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Leading the effort is
Donald Jackson. He was once calligrapher to Queen Elizabeth using his pen to
write beautifully inscribed letters, awards and invitations. At a cost of four
million dollars, the Bible will be two feet tall and open to a width of three
feet. While many calligraphers will work on this monumental Bible, Jackson
himself began his part on March 8, 2000. He began with the opening words of the
gospel of John: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God
and the Word was God."
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