Vision of the New Jerusalem, 2011
Scribe: Donald Jackson
Vellum, with ink, paint and gold
"The last chapters of Revelation
bring God's creation full circle
with many allusions to the first chapters in Genesis.
These final passages provide hope in the face
of all the misery so far described in the book.
Unlike much of the other apocalyptic
literature of its day,
revelations does not swell on destruction.
Rather it focuses on fulfillment
and redemption of creation
by describing the heavenly Jerusalem,
constructed in perfect measurements,
adorned with precious stones,
and paved in gold.
All evil, pain and death are banished
by the eternal goodness of God.
There is no sun or moon,
for the divine light will shine eternally.
In the Saint John's Bible, the New Jerusalem
is reminiscent for the temple
described by the prophet, Ezekiel.
Golden ribbons double up as rivers or canals,
descending from the throne, the source of light,
and nurturing the Tree of Life on the far right.
The repetition of the number twelve-
twelve pearls, twelve gates, twelve fruits on the tree-
emphasizes perfection as it calls to mind
the foundation of the Church in the twelve apostles.
On June 18, 2011, Donald and Mabel Jackson
presented this illumination to the community
of Saint John's Abbey and University
in the great Abbey Church on the Collegeville campus.
Abbot John Klassen,
and Fr. Robert Koopmann,
president of Saint John's University,
placed the folio on the Abbey Church altar
and burnished two gold Benedictine crosses
(seen on the lower right corner of the folio)
marking this last folio with a symbol of its new home,
thus bringing the 15-year creation phase
of the Saint John's Bible to a celebratory close."
Thus ends the sharing of the photos
from our trip to see the Saint John's Bible,
in Dover, Delaware at the Biggs Museum.
On this blog I have shared
a piece of the exhibited work.
What an appreciation
I have for this amazing work
by this collection of artists.
Illuminated journaling in the margins,
telling a piece of the story visually,
to Bring Him Glory.
The study of this work
gives me encouragement to continue
the journey in the margins of my Bible.