The Jefferson Bible [NOOK Book]

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A uniquely attractive, compact edition of Thomas Jefferson's classic abridgment of the Bible, in which Jefferson sculpted the words and ideas of Christ into a resounding moral philosophy.

"To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself." -Thomas Jefferson, 1803

With these words, written to a personal friend, Thomas ...
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Overview

A uniquely attractive, compact edition of Thomas Jefferson's classic abridgment of the Bible, in which Jefferson sculpted the words and ideas of Christ into a resounding moral philosophy.

"To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself." -Thomas Jefferson, 1803

With these words, written to a personal friend, Thomas Jefferson began one of the most audacious religious experiments in American history. On and off for the next seventeen years (including his term in the White House), Jefferson cut and pasted the philosophy of Jesus Christ, as recorded in Scripture, into one compact statement. He purposefully omitted any references to the virgin birth, miraculous healings, demonic possession, or supernatural events of any kind. His aim was to distinguish the moral philosophy of Christ from the religion that was later created around Christ.

This hardcover replica of The Jefferson Bible restores to print a handsome, immensely accessible version of Jefferson's manifesto as it was published for general readers in 1940 by Grosset & Dunlap. This volume includes the original 1940 foreword by editor Douglas E. Lurton, which provides an engaging introduction to the history behind Jefferson's effort. Jefferson's selections are beautifully recomposed in a dignifi ed yet pleasing style for a gem of compactness and clarity.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101554159
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 583,578
  • File size: 664 KB

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the third president of the United States (1801-1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most beloved and revered Founding Fathers of the United States of America.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2005

    Jefferson Applies Reason to God and Finds Beauty

    By removing the supernateral elements of the narative and focusing on what Jesus acctually said, Jefferson has created a Gospel for all people, believers and skeptics alike. A truly enlighenting text that helps show what our founding fathers really did believe. Christian ethics and Reformation ideals of self-discovery at its very best.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    TJ chops the big book!

    amazing nerve and vision! not only does our beloved president give us his wisdom in architecture but in theology as well...bending to enlightenment pressure our hapless hero takes a razor to Jesus words. he sets a new standard in caving to cultural forces...sad.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    For history buffs

    A very informative book.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Basic but interesting

    This version of the Jefferson Bible-or as Jefferson titled it, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, is a fascinating document.This is Jefferson's version of the Gospels as he thought they should have been -with all miracles excluded. In this work Jesus is a philosopher, not a savior.
    This Nook book lacks an introduction or any notes, both of which would have been very helpful. Still for a dollar, you are getting an important historical document.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    How interesting!!!

    Pres. Thomas Jefferson was an independent thinker when it came to religion. His Bible is a modern day "cut & paste". I found it very interesting. Don't iss the biography of Jefferson at the end of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    By a pres.

    By a pres.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Not true

    Anyone who has studied jefferson as I have, will know that this book was not meant to be a bible, but a collection of moral teachings for his own use. Jefferson was a christian, an unorthodox christian, but a christian. He had many unedited bibles of his own and was a member of the virginia bible society, which gave out many bibles uncut. The title itself is a lie.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Have read previously. Simply adding to my library for reference.

    See above

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