The St. James’ Quarantine Bible

We find ourselves in a strange time of separation.  With the global pandemic of COVID-19 threatening our health and health care systems, we have found ourselves practicing social distancing.  We have not gathered with others, our children have not been in school, many of us have worked from home.  People we know have lost jobs, people in our community have struggled to make ends meet, and the shadow of the virus looms over us. 


Yet in the midst of this time, God has remained with us!  Even as we have not gathered for worship, we have persisted to give God glory.  Even as we have felt the shadow of our fears, we have turned to the Lord of light.  Even as we have physically distanced ourselves from each other, we have drawn closer spiritually.  In the years to come, many of us will look back on this time as a time of deepening faith. 


The idea of the Quarantine Bible is that we might literally show how our faith story has been illumined in this time.  Our challenge is collectively to provide images that illuminate all 66 books of the Bible.  These images could be in our homes, in nature, of our families.  Our Pastors have suggested passages from each book (see list below), but feel free to share images that reflect your own favorite passages.   Please send your images to Sandra Harvey [link here] and indicate which passages each image is illustrating.  After sorting through the images, we will share the Quarantine Bible online and perhaps create a printed edition.  Please limit your submission to no more than five photographs (one per passage; five total). 


In this challenging time, let’s join together to help witness to our faith and illumine God’s presence!  Here are the suggested passages:


Genesis 2:2

Exodus 14:21-22

Leviticus 19:1-4

Numbers 15:17-21

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Joshua 6:20

Judges 2:16-18

Ruth 4:13-17

1 Samuel 16:7

2 Samuel 7:8-9

1 Kings 3:16-28

2 Kings 2:13-14

1 Chronicles 16:28

2 Chronicles 1:7-12

Ezra 8:31-36

Nehemiah 8:1-12

Esther 4:14

Job 37:5-7

Psalm 1

Proverbs 4:1-5

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Isaiah 6:1-8

Jeremiah 6:16

Lamentations 3:18, 21

Ezekiel 37:1-12

Daniel 6:1-28

Hosea 11:1-4

Joel 2:12

Amos 5:24

Obadiah 1-4

Jonah 4:6-11

Micah 6:8

Nahum 1:3

Habakkuk 3:1-6

Zephaniah 3:17

Haggai 1:13

Zechariah 9:16

Malachi 3:8-12

Matthew 5:13-16

Mark 16:1-8

Luke 24:28-32

John 8:12

Acts 2:42-47

Romans 12:12

1 Corinthians 13:1-2

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Galatians 3:26-29

Ephesians 2:8-10

Philippians 2:1-5

Colossians 1:15-20

1 Thessalonians 3:8-13

2 Thessalonians 3:15

1 Timothy 4:12

2 Timothy  2:8-13

Titus 2:11-12

Philemon 1:22

Hebrews 12:1-2

James 1:19-21

1 Peter 5:6-11

2 Peter 1:5-7

1 John 2:8-10

2 John 1:5-6

3 John 1:4

Jude 1:20-21

Revelation 21:3-5