The Wisdom Books volume of the Saint John’s Bible arrived at Payson Library this week. Third in a set of seven volumes, this volume includes the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach. Women are celebrated in many of the illuminations throughout this volume, which highlights the feminine nature of wisdom. Images and themes from Creation are also brought back in this volume.
This volume joins two others already at Payson: Psalms and Pentateuch. The library will be receiving the other four volumes as they are completed.
You can see this volume online here. Better yet, come to the library and see the real thing! The volume is in the Special Collections Reading Room on the upper level of Payson Library. Stop by or contact Melissa Nykanen to see it: Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org, (310) 506-4434.
Top Photo: Ecclesiastes, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2006, The Saint John’s Bible and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.
Bottom Photo: Librarians enjoy viewing the Wisdom Books volume at Payson.