A New York man has almost finished writing out every word in the Bible by hand.
Phillip Patterson has spent nearly four years writing out the book’s 2,400 pages.
"I hadn't counted on the fact that it would end up being beautiful," Patterson said. "Or that it would be so exhilarating. And so long."
Patterson, 63, has been working off of the King James version of the Bible. He began the project after his longtime partner, Mohammad, mentioned that Islam has a tradition of writing out the Qur’an.
"The next day I started researching pens and pencils and paper and never looked back," Patterson said.
Health problems, including AIDS and anemia, have slowed Patterson down but they haven’t stopped him. He works at a wooden desk by his bed and uses the fingers on his left hand track the words on a small hardcover Bible while he writes with his right hand.
The King James version of the Bible is around 788,000 words. Patterson works up to 14 hours a day and keeps writing until he can no longer stay awake.
“I go to bed and close my eyes and feel so incredibly serene," he said.
He was unsure if he would ever finish his project. Now, as he approaches the end of the book, Patterson can look back at what he learned along the way, the Vancouver Sun reported.
"Every day as I write, I discover something new and it expands my mind more and more," he said. "Not so I can become more of a religious person, but so that I can become more of a whole person."
Patterson will finish up the final lines of the Book of Revelation on May 11 during a ceremony St. Peter's Presbyterian. After the books are bound, the Bible will be given to the church. "I will take any opportunity I can find to do this again," he said.