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The Saint John's Bible: Virtual Tour

Copyright © I Am Sayings, Thomas Ingmire, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

I Am Sayings

John 6:25-40; 8:12-20; 10:7-18; 14:6-14; 15:1-11
Primary artist: Thomas Ingmire

To convey the connection between God and Word has been a mission of scribes throughout history to "convey God in words on a page" (Sink, 2013, p.263). Throughout The Saint John's Bible, Thomas Ingmire’s illuminations focus on the text, on God’s word and names. Each name adds to the attributes of Christ and is a living symbol of who Christ is (Sink, 2013).

The use of vertical panels, a theme in other illuminations of Ingmire's, refer to the five metaphors of the "I Am" statements, although unlike his other illuminations, this one builds from the base where the ineffable Hebrew name for the Lord God “YHWH” (I am who I am) is inscribed. This name is written without vowels, signifying that it cannot be spoken aloud (Sink, 2013).



Sink, S. (2013). The art of The Saint John's Bible: The complete reader's guide. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.