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The Jefferson Bible | [Thomas Jefferson]

The Jefferson Bible

In the early 19th century, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, conceived the idea of extracting a gospel purified of what he saw as extraneous philosophical, mythological, and theological elements. To do so, he took verses from the four canonical gospels and arranged them into a single narrative, focusing on the actual words of Jesus.
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In the early 19th century, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, conceived the idea of extracting a gospel purified of what he saw as extraneous philosophical, mythological, and theological elements. To do so, he took verses from the four canonical gospels and arranged them into a single narrative, focusing on the actual words of Jesus. This work was never published during Jefferson's lifetime but was inherited by his grandson and printed for the first time in the early 20th century. The original bound manuscript, popularly referred to as The Jefferson Bible, is held by the United States National Museum in Washington.

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"[A] fascinating document, telling us a great deal about a great 18th-century mind and its world." (Charles S. Adams, Religious Studies Review)

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    i herrera 09-02-11
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    What I liked about this book, was that Jefferson kept to telling what Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John said about Jesus. A kind of "sticking to just the fact" type of book. No mystification of the man, just what events took place in his life his as per these four disciples, and what Jesus actually was said to have said. As Jefferson put it, a look at Christianity based on Jesus's teachings, not the pile of other stuff the new testament in full of that came from folks who lived far after Jesus's death.

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    Sean 04-17-15
    Sean 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    An incredible account of Jesus' life unadulterated by the commentary of others. Salvation straight from the holy horses mouth transcribed by the man America trusts the most. A phenomenal work of spiritual philosophy to be read by all seekers.

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    James BEAUMONT, TEXAS, United States 03-13-13
    James BEAUMONT, TEXAS, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    Helps change your mind about Jefferson's religous beliefs. A man who asks questions of his creator, trying to define his beliefs.

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