Upstate man crafts handwritten Bible over four years

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 30:  A Bible is open at the 'Anand Jon Prayer For Truth' church service at the Time In Destiny Church held at the Universal Hilton Hotel March 30, 2008 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for IG International)
Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for IG International

When 63-year-old Phillip Patterson of Philmont, N.Y., first set out to write out every word of the King James Bible by hand, he only wanted to learn more about the text itself.

But four years and 2,400 pages later, he says he’s learned a lot about love — and patience.

Patterson, who is living with AIDS, was slowed by health problems over the duration of his project and started over from scratch two years ago. He completed the final two verses before a congregation of 125 people at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown on Saturday.

“Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all worth it,” Patterson told AP after the ceremony. “I’m really going to miss this writing.”

He said he intends to donate the completed text to St. Peter’s after he finishes binding the manuscript.


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