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Saint John’s Bible

A year with the saint johns bible 2019-2020

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Beginning on January 28, 2019 for one year, Caldwell will host the Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts volume of the Bible, a work of art that unites the ancient Benedictine tradition with today’s technology and vision.

Throughout the year, Caldwell University will provide a series of programs and lectures in history, theology, art, science, music and more as they relate to the Bible.
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Saint John’s Bible Lectures

Monday, June 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – Introduction and
Presentation on The Saint John’s Bible followed by a Guided Visio Divina. Visio Divina — “sacred seeing” — is an ancient form of Christian prayer in which we allow our hearts and imaginations to enter into a sacred image, in silence, to see what God might have to say to us. Led by, Colleen O’Brien, Director of Campus Ministry.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 – Jennifer Noonan, Ph.D., Caldwell University, the Alvin R. Calman Associate Professor of Art History, will present as part of the Caldwell Department of Theology and Philosophy’s Sister Maura Campbell series.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon and
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – “Healing the Helper: Art Therapy, Self-Care, and The Saint John’s Bible” will be the focus of a series of workshops at Caldwell University. Caregivers can become susceptible to increased stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout explains art therapy faculty member Natashia Collins. The sessions are meant to help caregivers experience a renewed sense of purpose, she explains. They are aimed at helping those who are working in medicine, emergency care, education, nursing, behavioral health, social work, caregiving, ministry, service and more. “We will explore the cognitive, emotional, and spiritual experience of the helper through the artwork and stories of The Saint John’s Bible,” said Collins.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – Dr. Marie Mullaney, professor of history, will present on “The Saint John’s Bible: From the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.”

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Viewing The Saint John’s Bible at Caldwell University

The Saint John’s Bible is on display daily at the Jennings Library unless it has been reserved for an event. Groups are also invited to book visits during the year at thesaintjohnsbible@caldwell.edu or by calling Julie Kajouras at 973 618-3922.

Docent Office Hours Will Resume in Fall 

Media coverage

WMBC-TV news story on The Saint John’s Bible at Caldwell 

NJ.Com – “An absolutely stunning Bible is on display in N.J. Here’s how you can see it.”

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