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Eric Hollas, O.S.B. | Text and Pen: The Legacy of Biblical Art and the Saint John's Bible
The Bible is more than oral tradition, and because of that we have relied upon scribes to transmit that text from one generation to the next. But scribes need not be rote copyists, because each finds inspiration both in the verses that they reproduce and in the creative act which engages their talent and imagination. In common with the Book of Kells and other biblical manuscripts, The Saint John's Bible brings the word of God to life on a page, and it speaks to a religious vision of the 21st century.
Fr. Eric Hollas, O.S.B., is a Benedictine monk and priest of Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN. He was born in Oklahoma City, and he received his B.A. in history at Princeton University in 1971. Following seminary studies at Saint John's, he received the Ph.D. in medieval studies at Yale University. His special interests include the history of Spain in the Middle Ages, the history of monasticism in medieval Europe, and the history of the book. He is a member of the Medieval Academy of America and The Grolier Club in New York. He serves as a chaplain in the Western Association of the Order of Malta, as well as in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Since 1980 he has been a member of the faculty of the School of Theology and Department of Theology at Saint John's University in Minnesota, and for nine years (1993-2002) he served as the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John's University. Following his term at HMML, he was named Senior Associate for Arts & Cultural Affairs at Saint John's University. Among his many activities, Fr. Eric was instrumental in initiating The Saint John's Bible, a project in which the monks of Saint John's have commissioned Donald Jackson, scribe to the Queen of England, to create a hand-written and illuminated Bible.