Lecture: Ancient Texts in a Modern World


Location: Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

Donald Jackson, a Welsh calligrapher and the artistic director of the illuminated St. John’s Bible kicks off “A Year with the St. John’s Bible,” a series of lectures and interactive events coinciding with an exhibition of the St. John’s Bible Heritage Edition in the Hesburgh Library.

The St. John’s Bible is a handwritten text featuring more than 160 inspired images that illuminate the deepest mysteries of God’s Word. Jackson collaborated with Benedictine monks at St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota and numerous scribes and artists to produce the seven-volume manuscript.

During his lecture “Ancient Texts in a Modern World,” Jackson will explore the Bible’s sacred text and art and discuss the project’s history. 

“A Year with the St. John’s Bible” is sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life. The Heritage Edition, a high-quality reproduction of the original manuscript, arrives in January at the university where it will be displayed in the Hesburgh Library Department of Rare Books and Special Collections until December.

All are welcome. 

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame partners with Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools to address pastoral challenges with theological depth and rigor. By connecting the Catholic intellectual life at Notre Dame to the life of the Church, the McGrath Institute for Church Life forms faithful Catholic leaders for service to the Church and the world.