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NY Man Done Writing Out Entire Bible
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013 file photo, Phillip Patterson transcribes the King James Bible at home in Philmont, NY. Patterson, 63, has spent years writing out every word in the Bible.   (Mike Groll)

(Newser) – It took him four years, but Phillip Patterson now has serious cause to throw around a couple of hallelujahs: The Upstate New York man yesterday finished his mammoth project of writing out the entire Bible by hand, reports the AP. "Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all worth it," says the 63-year-old, who took on the project as a means of learning about the Bible. "I'm really going to miss this writing." Patterson wrote out the last two verses at St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, ending appropriately enough with "amen." He plans to spend another year on the binding and cover before donating the entire 2,400-page opus to St. Peter's.

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May 16, 2013 11:21 AM CDT
I rejoice in Mr. Patterson's accomplishment. I invision a beautiful script. Christ's message is clear and beautiful even though the words adjust to us. Still, it takes time and effort to soak them in. We are a stiff necked people but it does not diminsh God's love for us.
May 15, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
Anybody who thinks they understand the workings of universe is just kidding themselves. It seems like something more useful could have been accomplished with that time. Helping a family member friend or neighbor serving the poor and homeless and so on. But as they say "it takes all kinds".
May 13, 2013 6:36 AM CDT
It takes 70 hours to read the entire Bible. Which Bible? 200+ English Bibles but only one from the Majority text and follows the line from the Apostles. The others follow the Alexanderian strain (minority text) and Codex A & B by Eusebius from 350 AD and are Romish departing from accepted canonized text. The past 2000 years have produced a number of legitimate Bibles per Ps. 12:6-7. I hope the man had knowledge and knew which Bible to select. You see people today thinking the Bible is full of inconsistencies but this is due to their not using a correct Bible or having the long years of study of history. When one translates a version from one language to another, if it says the exact same, then it is also a version. If the translator translates and alters the original or injects, then it is a translation as it does not say the same thing as the original. There are many correct Bibles in various languages; but, the only English version that maintains integrity back to the Apostles is the King James Version. Christians have written Bibles in Koine Greek, Latin, French and others, with few existing today. The new English Bibles of today come from a poor source of text that are inconsistent with the Apostles writings.