Psalms (Hardback)Donald Jackson (designer)
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The second of seven full-color, page-by-page reproductions from The Saint John's Bible, Psalms engages the eye and ear with five distinct scripts and exquisite illuminations that include digital voice prints of sacred songs from many ethnic and religious traditions.
The Book of Psalms or praises is known as the prayer book of the Bible. For centuries, it has been a source of prayer, devotion, and inspiration. Part of the popularity of the Psalms is that they incorporate the entire breadth of human emotion and experience 'joy, fear, anger, love 'al the things we bring to God in our prayer.
Visual representations of chants from Benedictine, Native American, Muslim, Taoist and other traditions are the basis for illuminations of the Psalms. The varying pitch of the chants is rendered graphically to provide a motif for the abstract illumination. Every Psalm page features a small gold image that graphically renders the chanting of the monks from Saint John's Abbey. This process of reading of the Psalms is a continuous reminder that the Psalms are to be sacred songs 'and that in such singing God is present.
Jackson chose colors to represent different themes, and designs to symbolize the different types of Psalms. He devised a way of weaving the two together that resulted in a unique script, colors and shading. Readers can identify the patterns representing the national history of Israel corresponding with the individual types of Psalms.
The way the Psalms appear in The Saint John's Bible provide a way to read our favorite Psalms with new eyes so that we might truly see the Psalms whether they are sung or read poetically.
Notes regarding PsalmsIlluminations
Donald Jackson is one of the world's leading calligraphers and the artistic director and illuminator of The Saint John's Bible. He is a Senior Illuminator to the Queen of England's Crown Office and is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year retrospective exhibition, Painting with Words, premiered at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August,1988 and traveled to 13 museums and galleries.
The launch of a national museum tour of the The Saint John's Bible began at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April 2005 where record crowds greeted the inaugural exhibit during its three-month run. The Saint John's Bible will continue its national exhibition tour that includes museums and galleries from throughout the United States and Europe. Learn more about The Saint John's Bible exhibit."
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Number of pages: 88
Weight: 1276 g
Dimensions: 381 x 248 x 18 mm
Psalms exemplifies both the creative spirit of The Saint John's Bible and the project's ecumenical underpinnings. . . . Through the use of colors, stripes, and shapes, this volume weaves the Psalms into a tapestry representing the threads of Jewish and Christian history, leading the reader and viewer to appreciate the complexity and grandeur of God.Journal of The International Society of Bible Collectors
Psalms and Prophets are both commended for your coffee table or library.Liturgy, Hymnody, & Pulpit
. . . it is a definite tour de force of art. It is innovative in its conception and striking in its artistic expression.Catholic Library World
Psalms, as does the first volume of this series, brings Scripture alive-engaging us fully in heart and mind. It would make a thoughtful, lasting gift as well, at Easter or any time.America
The favorite choice of most readers of the Bible has now appeared in a strikingly beautiful handwritten illuminated text that will encourage those who pray the psalms to ponder then contemplatively, leading them into the presence of the God of the First Covenant on Mount Sinai.Prairie Messenger
Psalms brings Scripture alive-engaging us fully in heart and mind. It would make a thoughtful, lasting gift as well, at Easter or any time.The Catholic Book Club Newsletter
The St. John's Bible is unquestionably art. And in the practice of Jackson and his team members, so is calligraphy.Journal Star Lincoln, Nebraska
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