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Donald Jackson, Artistic Director and Illuminator

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  160 pp   9 3/4 x 15
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  9 3/4 x 15

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The third of seven full-color reproductions from The Saint John’s Bible, Pentateuch is foundational to both Judaism and Christianity. Pentateuch features text and illuminations of the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) known as the Torah in Judaism. Prominent illuminations include Creation, Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Jacob’s Ladder, Abraham and Sarah, the Ten Commandments and the Death of Moses.

In beautiful handwritten script and elegant design, the Pentateuch contains the cherished stories of faith that are thousands of years old. This book provides an artistic interpretation of humanity’s oldest literature—still recited as living history.

That these stories are significant to Jewish and Christian traditions is not surprising since they reflect the hopes, dreams, fears, and deeds of people living side by side with the earth’s oldest civilizations. Over time, these spiritual descendants of Abraham and Sarah introduced God to all the inhabitants of the Middle East and beyond. Their message was simple. God and his creation are good; evil enters when prideful humans go their own way. Nonetheless, God continues to love unconditionally.

Donald Jackson is one of the world’s leading calligraphers and the artistic director and illuminator of The Saint John’s Bible. He is a Senior Illuminator to the Queen of England’s Crown Office and is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year retrospective exhibition, Painting with Words, premiered at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August, 1988 and traveled to 13 museums and galleries.

The launch of a national museum tour of the The Saint John’s Bible began at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April 2005 where record crowds greeted the inaugural exhibit during its three-month run. The Saint John’s Bible will continue its national exhibition tour that includes museums and galleries from throughout the United States and Europe. Learn more about The Saint John's Bible exhibit.

Pentateuch presents sacred text in flowing English caligraphy, Hebrew book headings, and colorful marks studding the passages. The care put into each line is breathtaking. In oversized hardcover format, Pentateuch uses the sheer scope of its page to display the columns of perfectly penned scripture in vivid detail.
The Midwest Book Review
Pentateuch glows with colour
Prairie Messenger
The glow of brilliant colour and the striking if not startling inter-textual designing gracing another volume of The Saint John's Bible provide ample justification for this joint project of St. John's Abbey and Saint John's University.
Prairie Messenger
This volume is beautiful. It is a book for a book lover, Scripture for those who love the Scriptures.
The Pentateuch could grace a place of honor in a chapel, church, or home.
If you and/or the believing community to which you belong, wish to get more closely in touch with the reverence for and awe of the Bible as Word of God that pervaded the Tradition throughout the centuries and that found expression in artistic grace and beauty, in hand-written text carefully copied and lovingly preserved, there is perhaps no better way than to engage prayerfully the biblical proclamation made possible by The Saint John's Bible.
Catholic Studies
This volume alone would make a great coffee-table book.
Liturgy, Hymnody, & Pulpit Quarterly Book Review
. . . the book itself is a marvelous work of art.
Catholic Library World
The calligraphy is flawless and awesome. The text is replete with stunning, colorful illuminations-some of the art work filling a whole page. The artwork is certainly of a modern genre and adds a richness to the scripted text. . . . Liturgical Press has done a tremendous service to the church in producing such a beautiful presentation of the Holy Scriptures.
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