Catholic and Dominican Institute

Portraits of Biblical Women: Then and Now

February 05, 2020 7:00 PM
Dominican Center 218

Event poster for portrait of Biblical women


Sr. Barbara E. Reid, OP, a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Mich., will kick off this semester’s Catholic and Dominican Institute speaker series with her talk “Portraits of Biblical Women: Then and Now” on Wednesday, February 5 at 7 pm.


Sr. Reid will give her audience a look at how biblical women are depicted in Scripture, in art, and in the St. John’s Bible, and what they have to say to women and men disciples today. She will focus on three Marys: the mother of Jesus (especially Luke 1:26-56; John 2:1-12; 19:25-27); Mary (and Martha) of Bethany (Luke 10:38-42; John 11:1-12:1-8); and Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-3; 23:49, 55; 24:1-12; John 20:1-18).


The Saint John’s Bible is the only handwritten and illuminated Bible produced in more than 500 years. Using medieval inks, materials, and methods, an international team of artists and calligraphers worked for 15 years to create the seven volumes that comprise the Saint John’s Bible. Commissioned by the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey, the Bible contains 160 major hand-gilded illuminations that encompass many artistic styles, often mixing modern motifs with traditional religious imagery.


Mount Saint Mary College is proud to own the full seven-volume Heritage Edition set of the Saint John’s Bible, a fine art reproduction that captures the original down to the smallest details.


Sr. Reid holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She has been a professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union since 1988, where she also served as vice president and academic dean from 2009 to 2018.


She has led may study tours and retreats in the Holy Lands and is past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2014-2015). The author of nearly a dozen books and many articles, she is also general editor of the 58-volume commentary on the Bible, Wisdom Commentary Series by Liturgical Press, for which she is writing the volume on the Gospel of Luke.


The event is co-sponsored by the Saint John's Bible Committee and the Catholic and Dominican Institute (CDI).