2022 Chi Rho Lectures

Jonathan Homrighausen and Suzanne Moore

Illuminating Justice:

How Art and Sacred Text Repair the World

Ancient scripture and contemporary art can help us imagine and crte a more just world. Our focus is The Saint John’s Bible, a handwritten, illuminated Bible, commissioned by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota and completed in 2011 by calligrapher Donald Jackson and a worldwide team of artists. We explore how this Bible’s images make ancient texts speak to current problems: ecological ruin, gender injustice, and strife between religions.

The Saint John’s Bible and Tikkun Olam: How Art and Sacred Text Repair the World – Jonathan Homrighausen
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Friday, Nov. 11,
7:00 pm
Huldah and the Power of the Book:
Artist and Biblical Scholar in Dialogue 
– Suzanne Moore and Jonathan Homrighausen
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Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:00 am
“You Did Not Return to Me” (Amos 4:9): Earthly and Heavenly Gifts, and Our “Return” – Suzanne Moore
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Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:00 pm
Word Made Flesh and Words Made Scroll:
How The Saint John’s Bible Connects Jews and Christians 
– Jonathan Homrighausen
Sunday, Nov. 13, 9:45 am

Jonathan Homrighausen teaches
in Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary. He is author of Planting Letters and Weaving Lines: Calligraphy, The Song of Songs, and The Saint John’s Bible (2022) and Illuminating Justice: The Ethical Imagination of The Saint John’s Bible

(2018). He is currently writing Writing Esther, Then and Now, as his doctoral dissertation in Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament at Duke University.

Suzanne Moore is a painter, lettering artist and designer. Spanning 40 years, her manuscript books have
presented subjects from the Cherokee writing system to the story of Scheherazade. She melds traditional scribal techniques with contemporary aesthetics. Her work is exhibited widely, and is held in private and public collections internationally. She created numerous illuminations and calligraphic treatments for The Saint John’s Bible.

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