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An internationally respected calligrapher, Donald Jackson is the artistic director and illuminator of The Saint John's Bible. He is a Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Crown Office at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, a position in which he is responsible for the creation of official state documents. He is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year retrospective exhibition, Painting with Words, premiered at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August, 1988 and traveled to 13 museums and galleries. Donald Jackson works with a team of theologians and artists from Saint John's University and Abbey on The Saint John's Bible. From his scriptorium in Wales, he oversees scribes, artists, and craftsmen who work with him on the handwriting and illumination of the seven-volume, 1,150-page Bible.
Imaginatively engaging multicolored panels set the tone for this magnificent biblical book on the Psalms. The calligraphy of each line, each verse, each stanza is flawless and represents artistic talent at its best. Each book of the Psalms is introduced by a multicolored scroll panel that recalls the opening page of the text, thereby giving the work artistic creativity... This volume is truly a gift to our culture and our world, renewing not only the Benedictine spirit and charism but also the spirit of all who sit with this text in wonder and in prayer.Catholic Books Review Psalms exemplifies both the creative spirit of The Saint John's Bible and the project's ecumenical underpinnings... Through the use of colors, stripes, and shapes, this volume weaves the Psalms into a tapestry representing the threads of Jewish and Christian history, leading the reader and viewer to appreciate the complexity and grandeur of God.Journal of The International Society of Bible Collectors Psalms and Prophets are both commended for your coffee table or library.Liturgy, Hymnody, & Pulpit ... it is a definite tour de force of art. It is innovative in its conception and striking in its artistic expression.Catholic Library World Psalms, as does the first volume of this series, brings Scripture alive-engaging us fully in heart and mind. It would make a thoughtful, lasting gift as well, at Easter or any time.America The favorite choice of most readers of the Bible has now appeared in a strikingly beautiful handwritten illuminated text that will encourage those who pray the psalms to ponder then contemplatively, leading them into the presence of the God of the First Covenant on Mount Sinai.Prairie Messenger Psalms brings Scripture alive-engaging us fully in heart and mind. It would make a thoughtful, lasting gift as well, at Easter or any time.The Catholic Book Club Newsletter The St. John's Bible is unquestionably art. And in the practice of Jackson and his team members, so is calligraphy.Journal Star Lincoln, Nebraska