Frontispiece and Incipit
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These words from Colossians 1:15-20 transcend the shadows and provide the link between the Christ figure and the text opposite—And Lived Among Us. The Living Word steps from the darkness which recalls the chaos and nothingness of the Creation story, and moves toward light and order.
The texture behind the head of Christ is inspired from an image taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and lends a breathtaking cosmic character to the whole action taking place. To the left, an intriguing keyhole recalls the tradition of locked and hinged manuscripts securing, protecting and holding the key to the Word of God.
Note:These two pages give the context for the illumination, allowing you to enjoy word and the image. Each page of The Saint John’s Bible is an artistic creation. In addition to the illumination and handwritten text, the Gospel Opening offers many other elements that create a visual harmony for all to behold. These include chapter numbers, chapter letters, marginalia, notations, book headings and verse numbers.