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Mayo Clinic Archives – Florida: Saint John's Bible


Volume 2: Historical Books

(Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees)

In purples, greens and gold, the illuminations in Historical Books explore the relationship of God’s people to God’s promise. Marginal text treatments trace the Israelites’ rise and fall as they move through the era of judges and kings, with prophets guiding the way. The cover motif, from the Ark of the Covenant illumination, was inspired by the pilgrims’ cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


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Seven Volumes of the Heritage Edition – The Saint John’s Bible (


In April 2010, Mayo Clinic received a museum-quality reproduction of The Saint John's Bible called the 'Heritage Edition' thanks to the generosity of patients Stephen and Barbara Slaggie. The copy was one of 299 signed sets, each with seven volumes, which are replicas of the original.

Volume 5 of Mayo's set, “Prophets” is displayed in the Hall of Benefactors in the Siebens Building in Rochester. Volume 3, “Wisdom”, can be found in the Francis Tower Lobby of Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. Volume 7, “Letters and Revelations” sits near the Charlton Registration Desk on the Methodist Campus in Rochester. Volume 1, “Pentateuch” was placed on the concourse level of the Mayo Clinic Building in Arizona.

Volume 2 of the Saint John’s Bible was installed on Mayo Clinic's Florida campus on June 6, 2013. You can find it in the Cannaday Building near Coggin Atrium. The volume residing in Florida, the "Historical Books," covers Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, and 1 and 2 Maccabees. Like the other volumes at the other campuses, its pages are turned to display these sections on any given day.

Volume 4 “Psalms” and volume 6 “Gospels & Acts” remain in storage in the History of Medicine Library in the Plummer Building.