About 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

On and Overgrown Path


One thought on “About the Pepper Gospels”

  1. Hello James

    I found you on Twitter by accident and am so intrigued with your work.
    I sent you a link to my work here which is in a similar line, watercolor iconography.

    I wonder if you still live in NYC?
    I would love to see your work.
    I live near New London CT and am coming down to the city in late October with my husband to visit a couple of galleries and would love to include you in our field trip.
    Hope to hear from you!

    Warm regards,
    Alice Despard
    aka Argybargy888 on Twitter

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