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Pentecost is the first full page illumination at the beginning of the Acts of Apostles. It depicts the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples of Jesus and the address given by Saint Peter to the crowds in Acts 2:14-39 (Sink, 2013).
This illumination provided Donald Jackson with the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate Saint John’s Abbey and University as sponsors of the Bible (Sink, 2013). It is one of a few major illuminations that directly reference the distinguishing architecture of the University and Abbey. It is also a great example of Donald Jackson’s vision of combining the old and the new (The process, 2019). Figures in the foreground represent the modern, while the buildings of Jerusalem reference ancient times. The gold cross at the top of the image replicates the cross in the bell banner of the church (Sink, 2013).
Sink, S. (2013). The art of The Saint John's Bible: The complete reader's guide. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
The process. (2019). Retrieved from http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/promotions/process/