Monday, February 15, 2016

The St. John's Bible- Revelation

Revelation Incipit with the Son of Man

Revelation 1:1-2:29
Donald Jackson
Scribe: Donald Jackson
Vellum, ink, paint and gold

"The book of Revelation has inspired artists 
and the Christian imagination in every age,
 but it has also given rise to hundreds of
millennial movements even up to the current day. 
This puzzling work describes the events leading up
 to the end of the world.
While a literal reading of the passages
 present an inseparable division
between good and evil in an all-out battle for survival, 
the highly visual and symbolic language, 
makes Revelation one of the most hopeful and beautiful 
books in the Bible.
Revelation opens with a burst of color 
evoking the interior of a Byzantine church 
and providing a foretaste of the succeeding pages.
The details superimposed on the background 
look back to imagery used in the Prophets, 
Wisdom Books and Gospels and Acts volumes 
of The Saint John's Bible,
 and designs in multiples of seven, 
the number of perfection, 
are repeated throughtout the page. 
The messianic figure of the Son of Man
 sits in the upper portion
 amidst seven golden lamp stands."

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