What an increadible undertaking this project has been–it is something right out of the monastic tradition that brought us The Book of Kells. Thank you, your monsastic brothers, Donald Jackson and his team, SJU and all who contributed for this piece of history that brings us the Word.
On November 27, 1995, I sat down to lunch with Donald Jackson, whose day job at the time was scribe to the Queen of England. He and I had just spoken at The Newberry Library in Chicago, and we were dining at a restaurant called The Italian Village — which still exists, I believe.
Normally lunch should not count as a big deal, and there’s no reason anyone should remember a particular lunch nearly twenty years later. To my credit, I can’t recall what I ate that day, save that it was probably Italian. But I do recall the substance of our conversation. That day Donald Jackson proposed what eventually would become The Saint John’s Bible.
That lunch no longer matters that much, save for the fact that last week I put a little bit of closure on a venture that began at that meal. That…
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