Illuminated Bible: Art Journaling Edition

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It’s hard to say what my favorite thing is about this Bible! It’s beautiful and it’s unique. This is a hardcover Bible and it comes in a nice sleeve, so it would be perfect for gift giving.

The practice of illumination (or adding decoration to manuscripts) dates back to the early fifth century and continued into the Middle Ages, when scribes, monks, and other artists used richly colored pigments as well as gold and silver leaf to add decoration, initials, and illustration to the pages of books and Bibles. Because the Scriptures were not available in vernacular languages, they were not accessible to many, even those in the upper class. By illuminating the text, artists beautified the pages of the Bible as a way to summarize, explain, and, ultimately, preserve its message.

I love the gold design on the cover – it definitely doesn’t look like any other Bible that I have!

But the inside…stunning! It has beautiful gold artwork by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. She is an American lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend.  She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, Nike, and West Elm.

Just look at this! There are 500 hand-lettered gold ink illustrations. I haven’t yet seen them all, but every time I turn the page and see one it’s a beautiful discovery.

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It’s printed on thicker cream-colored paper, which I really like. The wide margins give you plenty of room to make notes or journal.

The Bible is the ESV version, which I tend to prefer. It’s not as formal as the King James version, but is still doctrinally sound. Maybe a bit “easier” to read. Created by a team of more than 100 leading evangelical scholars and pastors, the ESV Bible emphasizes word-for-word accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning.

If you want all of the details, here you go:

  • 9-point, Lexicon
  • Black letter text
  • 2-color printing
  • 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
  • 50 full-page verse illustrations
  • 250+ hand-lettered margin verses
  • 100+ other illustrations throughout
  • Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target
  • Thick, cream-colored paper
  • Wide margins
  • Single-column, paragraph format
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: Permanent Slipcase

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If you’d like to learn more about artist Dana Tanamachi, click here. Learn more about the journey of how this Bible was created here.

If you’d like one of these for yourself, you can buy one on Amazon here. And although you’d expect to pay a lot more, these are only about $33 dollars! What a beautiful and thoughtful gift this would be!

And I’m giving one away! Just comment below with your favorite Bible verse.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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