The Making of The Saint John’s Bible
Friday, November 30 from 7:00-8:30 pm
St. Scholastica Monastery
Registration is required for this event. Free will offering.
Creation, Donald Jackson with contribution by Chris Tomlin, Copyright 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.
Written in ink with a quill on vellum, The Saint John’s Bible is not only an artistic treasure; it is also a theological treatise on the Christian Tradition. What inspired it? What questions shaped its direction? How did scholars in Minnesota communicate with artists in Wales? Using images from The Saint John’s Bible, Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, the chair of the Committee on Illumination and Texts, will discuss the major questions in the Bible’s development.
Fr. Michael Patella, OSB is a Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey. He holds a License in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem. Fr. Michael is a professor of New Testament at Saint John’s University in Collegeville and teaches in its School of Theology and Seminary, where he also serves as the seminary rector. He served as the chair of the Committee on Illumination and Text for The Saint John’s Bible, and he has written in the area of Luke-Acts, Paul, Mark, and angels and demons. His work, Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible (Liturgical Press, 2013), addresses the theology, art, and interpretation of The Saint John’s Bible. He is currently writing on the Gospel of Luke for the Jerome Biblical Commentary, Fully Revised Edition. Fr. Michael is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.