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The Four Holy Gospels, ESV Bible (Slipcase) Slp Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1433521942
ISBN-10: 1433521946
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; Slp edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433521946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433521942
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 11.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Four Holy Gospels is a beautiful book. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous--subtle, evocative, draws you into the text. The pages are huge, the print size is clear and perfect for public reading, the paper is smooth, bright and feels wonderful to the touch. There is a wide ribbon marker and a lavish slipcase with another ribbon to slide the book out easily. I admire Fujimura's work and couldn't wait to get this book; I had such high hopes. Unfortunately, the first copy I received had multiple printing and binding flaws--damaged spine, random metallic rub marks on several pages, even a crumpled page. Amazon promptly sent a replacement. The second copy I got has a page that's creased in the middle. I can't decide whether I'll keep this copy or gamble again on a third one being perfect. This is the most expensive book I've ever purchased and I'm both bewildered, and saddened, by the flaws. In my heart I wish I could give this book a 5+.

March 11: I've updated my review because Mr. Fujimura and the publisher have bent over backwards to make sure I received a perfect copy of the book. They've gone way above and beyond the usual idea of customer service. I am amazed at their kindness and generosity, and I totally wouldn't hesitate to buy additional copies of The Four Holy Gospels for gifts.
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Where are our twenty-first century illuminators? Who is that artist capable of wedding the triumphs and tragedies of our age with the Story older than time?

Makoto Fujimura is an avant garde artist living at Ground Zero in New York. He contends daily with Kairos-Chronos tension, employing ancient Nihonga painting techniques to speak with a thoroughly modern voice. His passionate, complex, exhilarating works captivate both mind and soul. He has, very possibly, created the illuminated masterwork of our time.

You know you possess a work of extraordinary loveliness when you slide the clothbound book out of its elegant slipcover. The frontispieces are glorious. Charis-Kairos focuses on the Tears of Christ "tears for the atrocities of the past century and for our present darkness." Each of the others is inspired by themes within the gospel. Read Mako's own introductions at [...]

Eighty-nine illuminated capitals begin the chapters. And each page contains gorgeous embellishments that illuminate the passage. As I read through The Four Holy Gospels, it is these that wreck me.

Some are representational and rather obvious: a fish, a serpent, a cluster of grapes. But most are subtle and leave space for you to bring your own creativity...your own story...to the page...

A splash of Nard as a woman pours herself out...
Brooding clouds...tinged with blood...over Gethsemane.
Intimations of water beside a storm tossed boat...or a baptism.
A sapphire sky flecked with gold, but with edges of a troubling gray, over Bethlehem.
Parables of the Kingdom laid against great swaths of gold.
The Passion, devastatingly conveyed with drops and smears of blood.
And finally, a tree of life...redeeming, restoring...making all things new.
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The artist Makoto Fujimura is quite a favorite of ours. We first featured him in It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God. Then he was interviewed (twice) in our book Objects of Grace: Conversations on Creativity and Faith. And just recently we did a small book, Soliloquies, showcasing his art alongside the paintings of Georges Rouault.

But enough about us.

This post is to let you know that Mako has recently partnered with Crossway to create a an illuminated harmony of the Gospels to celebrate the KJV's 400th anniversary. It is easy to imagine how lovely the book would be, based on the reproductions of his paintings in our Square Halo titles, but to see it in your hands is breath taking. It is like holding a new Book of Kells. It is a joy to page through and discover the decorated caps at the beginning of chapters, the marginalia gracefully littering the pages, and of course, the full paintings. My favorite of the larger works was the piece that begins the gospel according to John called "In the Beginning."

Mako's art is what I'd call semi-abstract because he often brings in visual elements that the viewer recognizes--like a tree, or a fish, or a flower, etc. This made it especially delightful to page through The Four Holy Gospels (Cloth over Board). The marginalia is a combination of representational and abstract paintings.
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I first came across Makoto Fujimura a couple years ago, and I instantly fell in love with his work, and respected who he appears to be. I've been waiting for some time to be able to purchase this, and finally did, just before my birthday. I consider it my first art purchase.

When it arrived I was shocked at the size of the box, I had no idea how large it would be. When I saw the slipcase I absolutely cried, when I removed the Bible and saw the front cover I gasped. As I turned the pages I was repeatedly drawn to tears and worship. This is truly a work of art, and really it is so much more than that. When my mom saw it she described Makoto's work as "extravagant". Really, that is the kind of artist/creator God is - extravagant; this work embodies and reflects the extravagant love and beauty of our LORD and Saviour. A love that doesn't hold back.

Thank you so much Makoto for this truly phenomenal work. In an article "The Beautiful Tears" Makoto asks:

"Is our work for the gospel saturated with the aroma of Mary’s nard? What is our beautiful, extravagant offering that exposes Judas, an offering prepared for the cosmic wedding to come?"

The Four Holy Gospels illumination is truly such an extravagant offering.
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