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NY man to finish writing out entire Bible by hand

SPENCERTOWN (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.
 
The project was slowed by his health problems, including AIDS and anemia.

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