The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of
ISBN: 1604591285
EAN13: 9781604591286
Language: English
Pages: 100
Dimensions: 0.23" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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In 1820, Thomas Jefferson worked for months, often by candlelight, carefully cutting the pages of several Bibles to remove the teachings of Jesus. He then reorganized those verses and pasted them into a new book that he called simply, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.
Jefferson believed that the words of Jesus were the most benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man, and he wanted to study his teachings apart from the rest of the Gospels.
With a boldness that would have shocked many of his contemporaries, Jefferson eliminated anything that he felt was unsupported by history or science, including the virgin birth, Jesus miracles and the resurrection. He then rearranged the remaining passages chronologically and in parallel translations in English, French, Greek and Latin, combining parts of all four gospels into a narrative that begins in Bethlehem with Jesus birth and ends with his burial.
Too controversial to be published during Jefferson s lifetime, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth now usually called The Jefferson Bible was reprinted by an act of Congress in 1904, and for fifty years all freshman congressmen were given a copy when they took their oath of office.
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