Carson-Newman to celebrate Denton Gallery opening, home to Saint John’s Bible

(Photo: Carson Newman)
(Photo: Carson Newman)

JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) – Carson-Newman University will be celebrating the opening of its Lynn and Lindsey Denton Gallery Thursday. Queen Elizabeth II’s scribe Donald Jackson will speak at the event.

The gallery is home to the university’s Saint John’s Bible. The full-size reproduction is one of a few. Jackson oversaw the original work. The Bible received its name from the Saint John’s University and Abbey, where it was commissioned. It is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible to be commission by Benedictine Abby after the invention of the printing press.

“When we learned that Carson-Newman University was to dedicate its new Lynn and Lindsey Denton Gallery to feature the printed Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible, my wife and I were delighted to accept the invitation to take part in the opening celebrations,” said Donald Jackson. “It’s been many years since we traveled in Tennessee and look forward to reacquainting ourselves with this beautiful region of the South this fall.”

The gallery was named after Carson-Newman alum Clark Denton’s parents. The gallery is home to the William Hild Collection of Biblical Antiquities and the William J. Viel Artifacts. The gallery uses technology to add to visitors experience by having iPads, sound domes and an 80-inch touch-screen.

The gallery opening will be at 7 p.m. Thursday starting at Jefferson City’s First Baptist Church. After the keynote address there will be a reception and viewing of the gallery.

Jackson will also lead a daylong calligraphy workshop on Saturday. Registration costs $150. To register call, 865-471-3437 or register online.

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