Illuminating Justice: The Ethical Imagination of The Saint John’s Bible

“Seven Days of Creation” in The Saint John’s Bible

For over a year and a half, I have worked closely with The Saint John’s Bible, the first commissioned hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible since Gutenberg. The Saint John’s Bible is not just beautiful art, but deep exegesis. Since the project was completed in 2011, there has been very little scholarship on this work.

My book analyzes the ethical imagination of The Saint John’s Bible: how the illuminations and their repeated symbols interpret the text, and how they spark the viewer-reader to bring the Bible into today’s social justice issues. I analyze three: Jewish-Christian dialogue, feminism, and care for creation.

I have also compiled a bibliography of research on The Saint John’s Bible, and have published some smaller materials, listed below. To get an idea of the approach I am taking, see my guest post for Catholic Bibles Blog: Creation, Science, and Wisdom in The Saint John’s Bible.