The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

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Beacon Press, 1904 - Religion - 171 pages
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A new reissue of the acclaimed document that most succinctly reveals the true spiritual life of Thomas Jefferson

"We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus. . . . There will be remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man."-Thomas Jefferson

Featuring an introduction by Pulitzer Prize nominee Forrest Church, this edition of Thomas Jefferson's own version of the Bible offers extraordinary insight into the logic of Jefferson and the Gospel of Jesus. Working in the White House in 1804, President Jefferson set out to edit the Gospels in order to uncover the essence of true religion in the simple story of the life of Jesus. Jefferson was convinced that this essence could be found only by extracting from the Gospels Jesus's message of absolute love and service, which was not dependent on the Annunciation, the virgin birth, or even the Resurrection. Completed in 1819, this little book is the remarkable result of Jefferson's efforts.


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Review: The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Little Books of Wisdom)

User Review  - Sean Cameron - Goodreads

It's an interesting idea. Take the four gospels of the new testament. Put all the accounts into one linear volume and cut out the miracles. What you have is the account of a philosopher/story-teller ... Read full review

Review: The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Little Books of Wisdom)

User Review  - Chuck Springer - Goodreads

It is always been my understanding that Jefferson was devoted to the teachings of Jesus Christ. But it was known that he didn't always agree with how they were interpreted by biblical sources ... Read full review


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Jefferson and His Contemporaries

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Thomas Jefferson (17431826) was the third president of the United States, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and the founder of the University of Virginia. Among his proudest achievements was his Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, passed by the General Assembly of Virginia in 1786, which became the first law of its kind in the United States. Also a noted architect and naturalist, Jefferson designed and built his home, Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia.Forrest Church is senior minister of All Souls Church in New York City and author of Love & Death.

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