Explore Each Volume

“The illuminations are not illustrations. They are spiritual meditations on a text. It is a very Benedictine approach to the Scriptures.”

Fr. Michael Patella, OSB,
Chair of the Committee on Illumination and Text

The Saint John's Bible is separated into seven volumes. This was done for practical reasons—each completed, bound volume will weigh as much as 35 pounds, with a combined weight of more than 165 pounds. It also produced interesting artistic results. While images and motifs repeat across volumes, each collection of Biblical books takes on its own character. We can approach each collection and discover its particular character and place in the grand story of salvation. Click on the links at left to learn more about each of the volumes.

See how each volume was carefully hand crafted