CRESTVEIW HILLS, Ky. (AP) — An exhibit at Thomas More College featuring the Bible is anything but typical.
The exhibit that opened last week features a Heritage Edition of Pentateuch from The Saint John's Bible. The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/Wfr9iv) reports that it was the first time scholars at the college had seen such a Bible. The Pentateuch includes the first five books of the Old Testament.
The Heritage Edition is a fine art reproduction of The Saint John's Bible, which was commissioned in 1998 to be the first hand-written Bible since the introduction of the printing press. The exhibit at the Eva G. Farris Art Gallery includes 10 illuminated pages from other sections of The Saint John's Bible.
"There's an enormous amount of artistry and thought that's gone into the Heritage Edition to give the viewer as close an experience as possible to the real thing," said Stacy Smith Rogers, a spokeswoman for Thomas More College.
The Benedictine monks of Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., commissioned the Bible "to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world and to illuminate the word of God for a new millennium."
Rogers said the Bible was expected to take six years to finish, but actually took 13.
Students at the college admired the exhibit, and the effort that went into creating the Bible.
"It looks like a lot of work," said Andrea Robben. "It's amazing that it's all hand-done. It's so neat. It looks like it was printed out. I bet it takes a lot of time and patience that I don't have."
Another section of the Bible known as the Wisdom Books will also be housed at the college. Those books — which include Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomon, The Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach — will be unveiled on Dec. 9 at the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel.
The Pentateuch display will come down on Nov. 27, but the volumes of the Bible will remain at Thomas More for a year.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com