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Re: [BKARTS] Ibis's egrets alligators and rails
Here is some background and my webpage is included below. You can do a
Google Search on me "The Pepper Bible". Right now I am working on Leviticus, I am
writing it in a very plain 4th century script with no decoration, in honor
of my great grandfather who escaped Germany.
WFAA TV Channel 8 News ran this story on Easter, March 27, 2005: “Bible
Calligrapher takes his time,” by John Pronk:
An Epic Undertaking” By Kristen Holland in the March 16, 2005 Dallas Morning
"Hand lettering of Bibles proves illuminating", By Kristen Holland, which
was first printed on April 14, 2001, and on December 29, 2004
"James Pepper: Still toiling, now with Pope's blessing"
“It is given to very few to undertake, or even contemplate, a labour of such
Herculean proportions. It is given to fewer still to complete it. What you
have done represents an achievement, which, so far as His Grace is aware, is
quite without parallel in modern times.” Letter from the Archbishop of York,
25, January 2001
”His Holiness prays that your work will help you discover each day in the
inspired writings of the Old and New Testaments, “a support for faith, food for
the soul, and a pure and everlasting fount of spiritual life” (Dei Verbum
21). He invokes upon you Joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Vatican,
March 26, 2002
In 1987 I started writing the New Testament and I completed it in 1995. In
1997 George Carey the Archbishop of Canterbury sent to me a Bible to correct
my text. I copyrighted it at the millennium and I have it scanned at 300 DPI.
I have started the Old Testament and I have Ruth Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
. In 2001 I started a new set of Gospels, because after September 11th, I
realized that I should actually make a “Book of Kells”, to make a monumental
Bible that will last for a millennium and beyond. Something that would say to
future generations, here I am, and how I lived and how I honor God!
And so I decided to write each chapter of the Gospels in a different
historical manuscript style; the work is my own, I am not copying older manuscripts.
The Gospels of Luke is an insular Celtic manuscript where each chapter
starts with a full page illuminated Initial. And the Gospel of Saint John is a
collection of French Manuscript styles inspired by my visit to the Kimbell
Museum in Fort Worth last year for the Morgan Library's Painted Prayers
Exhibition. The Gospels are still in progress although I have them almost completed.
I have over 160 illuminated pages, not including the cross pages and the
hundreds of illuminated verse initials with 515 pages in all. I expect over 200
illuminations when I am completed. All together I have about 1500 pages
As for binding this, I was recently inspired by the Exhibition in the
Bridwell Library in Dallas at Southern Methodist University wehre they have Marc
Chagall's Bible on exhibition along with Miro's biblical works as well as many
french book bindings. If you can get to this exhibition I beleive it is
still going. The French really know how to do it right!
James G. Pepper
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