St. John's Bible Introduction

UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to weather. A new date will be posted as soon as it's available. 


The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in over 500 years. Its handwritten lettering and stunning artworks truly present the Word of God in an engaging and inspirational way. Discover the beauty and splendor of The Saint John’s Bible at an exhibition of the Heritage Edition, a full scale fine art edition of the original manuscript, on display in the Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center from January through December 2014.

On display at Alvernia: 
■ Pentateuch – first five books of the Bible
■ Gospels and acts – last five books of the bible

January 23, 9:30 a.m., Francis Hall Theater
Learn about the St. John's Bible exhibit from the program's director Tim Ternes

Start Date: 1/23/2014 09:30 am
End Date: 1/23/2014 11:00 am
Location: Francis Hall Theater
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