Phillip Patterson doesn’t describe himself as an overly religious man. Yet he decided four years ago to write out the entire bible by hand and he’ll finish this Saturday.
Patterson had several things to overcome during the 2,400 page feat.
One of those is having AIDS, something he admits slowed him more than once.
The idea came about when a friend of Patterson’s told him followers of Islam are encouraged to write out the entire Koran.
When Patterson told his longtime partner the Bible was too long he was prodded to try anyway. "The next day I started researching pens and pencils and paper and never looked back," he told the AP.
Now after nearly 800,000 words the end of the task is in sight.
Making things even more tedious is Patterson’s attention to detail. He draws in the lines on 19X13 inch paper to begin and then erases them after he has written the verses in black ink.
Patterson says he works an average of six to eight hours a day on the project although he has had days as long as 14 hours when the mood strikes.
When he’s finished with the project he says he’ll donate it to his church.