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.