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Photo story: Word made flesh

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24 November 2023

Neil Turner/Lambeth Palace

The Archbishop of Canterbury is schooled calligraphy by Donald Jackson on the title page of the Lambeth Palace copy of the Saint John’s Bible

The Archbishop of Canterbury is schooled calligraphy by Donald Jackson on the title page of the Lambeth Palace copy of the Saint John’s Bible

Lambeth Palace last week became the latest repository for a copy of the Saint John’s Bible. The handwritten, illuminated Bible — the first to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery for 500 years — was created for Saint John’s Abbey and Saint John’s University in Minnesota by a team led by the calligrapher Donald Jackson (Interview).

Saint John’s Bible Heritage FoundationPage from the Saint John’s Bible

On its completion, 12 Apostles Editions and 299 Heritage Editions were printed, and during a visit to the UK earlier this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Bible’s commissioning, one of the only 12 copies of the Apostles Edition was presented to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Other copies repose in the National Cathedral in Washington, the Vatican Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, and the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. They have been funded by an anonymous American couple through the Catharine Elizabeth Laney Trust. Two other copies — Heritage Editions — were presented this month to Sarum College, in Salisbury, and Canterbury Cathedral

The Sarum College copy, presented in Salisbury Cathedral this month

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