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In the time before the printing press, Bibles were meticulously copied and illuminated by monks. Each style of calligraphy and design carried its own significance and was treasured by various groups of believers.
In the 1990s, Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Queen Elizabeth's Crown Office and a renowned calligrapher, assembled a team of artists to produce a new, handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible. Using the Revised Standard Translation of the Bible and produced by St. John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., this new Bible had seven volumes, measuring two feet high and three feet wide when opened.
It was designed "to capture the beauty and tradition of centuries of liturgy and carry it into the future," according to the website, saintjohnsbible.org.
Six of the Bible's seven volumes will be on display at Salt Lake City's Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E. 100 South, through Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). On Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Kirtley Yearwood will be at the cathedral "to offer spiritual and biblical teachings" as well as give the sermon.