Monday, November 23, 2015

Saint John's Bible illuminates modern-day genocide to reflect the world today

Valley of the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 36:15 – 37:25), Donald Jackson (artist) and Susie Leiper (scribe), Copyright 2005, The Saint John's Bible.
Donald Jackson’s "The Saint John's Bible" is not just a Bible but a work of art. Written and drawn entirely by hand using quills and pigments hand-ground from precious minerals and stones such as lapis lazuli, malachite, silver and 24-karat gold, and it celebrates a great tradition of medieval illuminated manuscripts. More than 1,150 pages of text and 160 illuminations from all 73 books of the Old Testament and the New Testament, the illuminations include scenes of modern-day genocide to reflect the world today: the Armenian Genocide during World War I, a pile of discarded spectacles references the Holocaust; the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge; and Heaps of bones to recall the Rwandan Genocide.