The Saint John’s Bible: The Heritage Edition

Policies and Procedures

The Saint John’s Bible: The Heritage Edition (the Heritage Edition), is a fine, sacred art reproduction of all 73 books of the hand-scribed, illuminated Word of God, in the New Revised Standard Version. It was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University.

Donald Jackson, master calligrapher and artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible and The Saint John’s Bible: Heritage Edition, led the international team of calligraphers and artists in the work, which was completed in the tradition of the Benedictine monks. George Fox University, as steward of set 73 of the 299 Heritage Bible sets, provides patrons with access to the resource, which is valuable for education and research.

As a fine, sacred art book, special handling and access permissions are required. These policies are designed to ensure equitable access and preserve the Heritage Edition for a lifetime of use.

Volumes currently owned by George Fox University Libraries include:

(1) Pentateuch, (2) Historical Books, (3) Wisdom, (4) Psalms,(5) Prophets & (6) Gospels and Acts.

Access Policies

Individual and Small Group Access (up to 4 persons)

  • Individual and small group access occurs in the archives reading room during posted archives hours.
  • All patrons may request access to the Heritage Edition.
  • Access requests should be submitted with an advanced notice of 72 hours. Access may  be limited based upon staff availability.
  • Staff will advise patrons on proper handling of the Heritage Edition and will remain available for the duration of use.
  • Patrons will register and adhere to all Archives policies

Group Access (more than 4 persons)

  • Access requests should be submitted with an advanced notice of three weeks. Access may be limited based on staff availability.
  • Access to the Heritage Edition for a group or class may be requested by current faculty and staff of George Fox University.
  • Student groups wishing to view the volumes may request access through a George Fox University faculty or staff sponsor.
  • Access will be arranged in the Murdock Learning Resource Center or Portland Center Library; access outside of these locations is considered a exhibit. Please contact the archives for more information about exhibition.
  • GFU Libraries personnel (typically the archivist or a librarian) will set up the volume(s) and meet with the requesting employee to instruct them on handling of the volumes.  
  • An individual designated by the Libraries will remain in the room for the duration of the class or event to answer questions and assist with handling.

Contact the University Archivist