Pepperdine University Libraries Shares Saint John’s Bible with Local Legatus Group

The Pepperdine University Libraries team recently had the pleasure of sharing the Saint John’s Bible with 62 members of the West LA chapter of Legatus, a nationwide organization that supports top-ranking Catholic business leaders and their spouses in the three areas of faith, family, and business.

At the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, Pepperdine University Associate Vice Chancellor Sam Lagana shared the story of university founder George Pepperdine’s business and spiritual leadership that led him to found the college, drawing connections between George Pepperdine and the Legatus members. Dean of Libraries Mark Roosa discussed the decision to acquire the Saint John’s Bible as one of the ways the Pepperdine University Libraries supports the mission and heritage of the university.

Finally, Head of Special Collections and Archives Melissa Nykanen introduced the Saint John’s Bible project from the perspectives of book history and sacred art. The Legatus guests were then able to spend time exploring the Saint John’s Bible up close, turning pages, and hearing stories behind each of the art illuminations.

The Saint John’s Bible is a completely hand-written, hand-illuminated manuscript Bible that has been commissioned by the Saint John’s Abbey and University in Minnesota. Although the artists and calligraphers working on the Bible utilized medieval tools and techniques, including quill pens and hand-mixed inks, the Saint John’s Bible is a Bible for the 21st century, with the mission of igniting the spiritual imagination of people around the world.

Pepperdine University Libraries are acquiring the seven-volume Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible as a gift to the university in its 75th anniversary year. The Bible is available for visits by classes or others. A series of prints from the Saint John’s Bible is currently on display in the Payson Library gallery. Please contact Melissa Nykanen at (310) 506-4434 or at for more information.

Top Photo: Courtesy of Sam Lagana
Bottom Photo: Copyright © Terry Anderson Photography

Pepperdine University Libraries Shares Saint John’s Bible with Local Legatus Group
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