Mar 28, 2016, 4:45 pmMar 28, 2016, 4:46 pm

Rare, fine art reproduction of Bible makes a stop in Ossining

Creation born of both modern and ancient techniques, using computer layout and quills dipped in natural inks

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A rare, fine art reproduction of two volumes of the Saint John Bible sat on display at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining this afternoon.

"The first word I said is, ‘Wow.’ I mean it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s very special, just touching it and looking at it, and being allowed to take pictures so you can carry it with you always,” said Ossining resident Lynn Werdal. “It’s just a very special moment. I'm just sorry its only here just for one day."

The original St. John's Bible is the world's newest hand scribed and illustrated Bible, and was commissioned by Benedictine monks in Minnesota.

The original copy of this Bible is over 1,000 pages, took 13 years to complete and cost $8 million. That version is on display at St. John's University in Minnesota.

"They used duck quills and turkey quills and ground up Lapis Lazuli and vermillion and gold and silver and platinum to create the inks,” explained Alison Faubert, of the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center. “But they also used computer technology to lay out the Bible so it’s a mix of modern techniques, modern imagery, and these ancient techniques."

The fine art reproduction was loaned to Mariandale for Easter from Mount St. Mary's College in Newburgh.

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