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The Saint John's Bible: Virtual Tour

Copyright ©  Transfiguration, Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.


Mark 9:2-8
Primary artist: Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart

Elijah and Moses stand on the mountain in the presence of the transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus’s robes are dazzling as he stares out at the viewer (Sink, 2013). His facial features are less detailed than those of Elijah and Moses, which are depicted in a traditional iconographic style.

Elijah and Moses appear standing on the ground whilst the feet of Jesus are not seen, evoking a sense that he is of both earth and the heavens which swirl in blue above him (Becker, 2012). 

The use of gold in an illumination from The Saint John’s Bible always depicts the presence of God (Sink, 2013). In this image we are reminded of God’s words “This is my son, my beloved. Listen to Him”.



Becker, C. (2012, March 8). Seeing the cross – 3rd Friday of Lent [Video file]. Retrieved from

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