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Adult Forum

Remarkably Bold—Daringly Different: The Saint John’s Bible
Sundays, December 1–22
9:15–10 a.m. • Common Room

Come to experience the story of the most extensive scribal commission in the world since the end of the Middle Ages. Newsweek magazine has called The Saint John’s Bible “America’s Book of Kells.Smithsonian magazine described it as “one of the extraordinary undertakings of our time.” GHTC is fortunate to own one of the few exact replicas of this remarkable treasure and our docents are eager to tell you about it.

  • December 1—Discover how medieval techniques and materials, computers, satellite pictures of the earth and photos of space from the Hubbell Telescope all play important roles in the creation of this first illuminated manuscript Bible in more than 500 years.
  • December 8—Prepare the way. Consider how those words of John the Baptist, as well as the words and fascinating illuminations of Isaiah and Mary and Elisabeth help prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ.
  • December 15— Advent is a time of waiting, preparing, even coming to exist differently. What are we waiting for? … “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  Illuminations and text from The Saint John’s Bible enlighten, enliven and perhaps embolden us during this time of expectation!
  • December 22—The prophet Isaiah has given us our best loved Advent passages. Come to see and experience the Word in the Messianic Predictions Illumination, where artist Thomas Ingmire fills the text treatment with explosive energy, color and radiating gold. “Prince of Peace,” “King of Kings,” “Everlasting Peace,” “Immanuel God is With Us,” “For Unto Us a Child is Born”  and “Halleluiah” come alive and reach out to us as all our Advent hopes compete for our attention in this beautiful illumination.


Women’s Bible Study

Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent
12:30–1:30 p.m. • Haden Hall Purple Door Room

Through Tuesday, December 17 Women’s Bible Study is studying Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent by Amy J. Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.  Through this series of lessons WBS will explore the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus, tracing the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem and the visit from the Magi. Conversations will center around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census, the stable, the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.

The book is now available in the Cathedral Bookstore for $14. For more information contact Candy McDowell at

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