Center for Interfaith Cooperation

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Art of the Sacred Texts

Next discussion of the St. John's Bible

The Saint John’s Bible and the Power of the Page

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm
Marian University, 3200 Cold Spring Rd.

View and learn about how the St. John’s Bible – the first fully illuminated and hand-written Bible created since the Middle Ages—uses its power to shift focus towards women, social justice, and contemporary issues.

A brief reception, then Dr. Jamie Higgs, associate professor of art history at Marian University, will give a lecture exploring the history of manuscripts as tools of power and change and how art can be used to re-frame social, political, and theological issues.

February 5, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation co-sponsored a deep and insightful conversation among religious leaders inspired by the St. John’s Illuminated Bible. It’s the first illuminated Bible commissioned in half a millennium. Plates are on display at Marian University. CIC was well-represented on the panel, which featured KP Singh, Dr. Vimal Patel, and Imam Alamine. (Thanks to Interfaith Enrichment Corps member Elsa Kunz for the photos.)

The discussion showed how different religious traditions can learn from one another. Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims all revere their sacred texts — revere the physical written manifestation of the texts as well as the ideas expressed by the physical texts — differently, differently than do Christians. After the discussion, it was hard for anyone not to see St. John’s Bible through different lenses.

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