The Saint John’s Bible reflects universal themes, including the goodness of creation, reality of salvation, and bond of the covenant. It also reflects the 1500-year-old tradition of Saint Benedict and his Rule. The following Benedictine themes receive particular attention:


The Rule of Saint Benedict says the guest should be received as Christ. The Saint John's Bible emphasizes texts advocating hospitality for the poor, the pilgrim, the seeker and the stranger.


Benedictines take a vow of conversatio or conversion of life. Conversatio entails an ongoing process of aligning one's life more closely to the life of Christ.

Justice for God's People

Of special concern to Benedictines and all believers in biblical revelation is the repeated call for justice for all of God's people.