Volume 17, Issue 7
The Saint John’s Bible: Gospels and Acts
Donald Jackson, John Garratt Publishing, $120, hardcover, 135 pages.
IN CENTURIES PAST, A VITAL function of the Christian monasteries, particularly those of the Benedictine tradition, was the preservation of knowledge, especially in the form of books. Until the invention of the printing press, books were handwritten, and the most important were also illustrated by hand. Even to this day illuminated works such as the Book of Kells are cherished as works of art.