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Philmont man to finish writing out entire Bible by hand

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(AP Photo/Mike Groll). Phillip Patterson transcribes the King James Bible at this home on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Philmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll). Phillip Patterson transcribes the King James Bible at this home on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Philmont, N.Y.
SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - A 63-year-old upstate New York man who has spent years writing out every word in the Bible is penning the very last lines.

Phillip Patterson of Philmont began copying the complete King James Bible in his neat, looping handwriting in 2009. He spent two years copying the first five books of the Bible as a prototype before starting fresh.

Patterson expects to write the last lines of the Book of Revelation on Saturday evening during a ceremony at St. Peter's Presbyterian church near the Massachusetts border.

Patterson says he started the project to learn about the Bible, not as a spiritual quest. But he says the project has helped him become more patient, confident and loving.

"I got a lot of elevated self-esteem. I was already a pretty confident guy but somehow doing this project brought me to clarity more clarity," said Patterson.

The project was slowed by his health problems, including AIDS and anemia. Although he says there were hard days, he never thought about giving up. He went through more than 600 pens to complete the bible.

From prototypes to his final masterpiece it's a process that has taken nearly seven years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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