The Pepper Gospels

I have made – by hand – an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, a separate and complete New Testament and several books of the Old Testament.  I did not use computers, I did it the hard way, as it has been done for centuries.

This is a 5 minute video by “American Bible Society Presents:”

For this work I have blessings from Pope John Paul II and the Archbishop of York.

“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.” “It is a powerful witness to the living God.”  Archbishop of York Sentamu Ebor


“His Holiness prays that your work will help you to 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 lasting fount of spiritual life” “He invokes upon you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.” March 26, 2002, Vatican

The following are links to videos and newspaper articles on my work.

CBS Video

Illustrating the Bible - United Methodist News Service

On and Overgrown Path

“Four Prayers for All God’s Children This Christmas”

Four Prayers  For All God's Children
Four Prayers For All God’s Children

Four Prayers for All God’s Children This Christmas

The Lord’s Prayer, the Prayer of Saint Francis, The Serenity Prayer and the Prayer of the Holy Spirit, handwritten and illustrated by James G. Pepper with the commentary by  Bill Lawrence, the Dean of the Perkins School of Theology and by Mark Stamm, a Professor of Theology at the Perkins School of Theology. The book is being published by Terry Jones. It is a paperback book  http://amzn.com/1467912697  and the proceeds of this book are going to benefit Children’s Medical Center in Dallas Texas.

 

The St. John’s Gospel Fragment, the earliest known fragment of the New Testament

The John Rylands University Library at Manchester has a fragment of the Gospel of St. John, dating to the first half of the second century AD. On this small scrap of papyrus, written in Greek and found in Egypt, is Chapter 18 verses 37 and 38:

37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Click thru the link here to read about this fascinating piece of history, and to see images of this almost 2000 year old manuscript!

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