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Illustrated St. John's Bible, prints will be on display

View the Bible in a different, yet spiritual, manner.

The Fine Arts Forum of Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St., will host the St. John's Bible from Sunday, Feb. 21 to Monday, March 1.

"The mission of the Our Saviour's Church Fine Arts Forum is to celebrate God's gift of creativity, cultivate our understanding of God and explore questions of faith," said committee member Debbie Saunders.

The St. John's Bible will help to accomplish that mission, she said.

The St. John's Bible represents history's newest hand-written, illustrated Bible. It is the first complete, handwritten and illuminated Bible to be commissioned in 500 years by St. John's Abby.

The Bible is written on calf-skin vellum (which is treated for printing and artwork) and presents themes, images and technology of the 21st century.

The 21 framed prints from the Bible will be on display at the church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. An exhibit of the life-size copy of the Bible can be viewed from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, through 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the church.

Tim Ternes, who is the director of the St. John's Bible program and is also director of programming and exhibitions at the Hill Museum, will give a presentation at 7 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the church. The presentation is open to the community. A free will offering will be taken.

As part of the Fine Arts Forum, artwork provided by the church's Tanzanian mission team will be on display this weekend, Jan. 30 and 31, at the church. The artwork is some of what was given to the team, or bought during the 2008 trip to Tanzania.

Another presentation of the Fine Arts Forum, offered by Thursday's Musical, will be held in March at the church.