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

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In the early nineteenth 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...

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In the early nineteenth 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 twentieth century. The original bound manuscript, popularly referred to as The Jefferson Bible, is held by the United States National Museum in Washington.

Thomas Jefferson believed that the pure-principled teachings of Jesus should have been separated from the dogma and abuse of organized religion of the day. This led him to recast, by cutting and pasting from the gospels, a new narrative of the life and teachings of Jesus.

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"[A] fascinating document, telling us a great deal about a great eighteenth-century mind and its world." —-Charles S. Adams, Religious Studies Review
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  • ISBN-13: 9781452650814
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/20/2010
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) drafted the Declaration of Independence, served as governor of Virginia, and was elected the third president of the United States.

Mel Foster has narrated over 150 audiobooks and has won several awards. Twice an Audie finalist for 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood and Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey, he won for the latter title.

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Thomas Jefferson believed that the pure-principled teachings of Jesus should have been separated from the dogma and abuse of organized religion of the day. This led him to recast, by cutting and pasting from the gospels, a new narrative of the life and teachings of Jesus.
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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.

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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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

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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