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Google is proud to partner with libraries to digitize public domain materials and make them widely accessible. Public domain books belong to the public and we. The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth was created in by Thomas Jefferson. He was seventy-seven years old when he constructed his book by cutting. Then he grabbed a knife—or perhaps a razor—and began cutting up one Bible, then the other. The president was Thomas Jefferson. The year.


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The acquisition revealed the existence of the Jefferson Bible to the public.

The Jefferson Bible

Inby act of Congress, his version of Scripture, regarded by many as a newly discovered national treasure, was printed. Until the s, when the supply of thomas jefferson bible, copies ran out, each newly elected senator received a facsimile Jefferson Bible on the day that legislator took the oath of office.


A heavily redacted version of Jesus's life story, The Jefferson Bible omits many passages fundamental to mainstream Christianityincluding the resurrection and ascension to heaven, the holy ghost and holy trinity.

The Smithsonian said Jefferson left out "those elements that he thomas jefferson bible not support through reason or that he believed were later embellishments".

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Mitch Horowitz, editor of the new edition, said: Despite the fact that he would later allow the Capitol building to be used for church services each Sunday, Jefferson was thomas jefferson bible by preacher John Mason as someone who "writes against the truths of God's word; who makes not even a profession of Christianity".

We must dismiss the Platonists and Plotiniststhe Stagyrites and Gamalielitesthe Eclecticsthe Gnostics and Scholasticstheir essences and thomas jefferson bible, their logos and demiurges, aeons and daemons, male and female, with a long train of … or, shall I say at once, of nonsense.

We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus, paring off the amphibologisms into which they have been led, by forgetting often, or thomas jefferson bible understanding, what had fallen from him, by giving their own misconceptions as his dicta, and expressing unintelligibly for others what they had not understood themselves.

There will be found remaining the most thomas jefferson bible and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. I have performed this operation for my own use, by cutting verse by verse out of the printed book, and arranging the matter which is evidently his, and which is as easily distinguishable as diamonds in a dunghill.


The result is an octavo of forty-six pages, of pure and unsophisticated doctrines. In a letter to Reverend Charles Clay, he described his results: Probably you have heard me say I had taken the four Evangelists, had cut out from them every text they had recorded thomas jefferson bible the moral precepts of Jesus, and arranged them in a certain order; and although they appeared but as fragments, yet fragments of the most sublime edifice of morality which had ever been exhibited to man [9] ".

The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth represents thomas jefferson bible fulfillment of his desire to produce a more carefully assembled edition.


Content[ edit ] Using a thomas jefferson bible and glue, Jefferson cut and pasted his arrangement of selected thomas jefferson bible from the King James Version [11] of the gospels of MatthewMarkLukeand John in chronological order—putting together excerpts from one text with those of another to create a single narrative.

Thus he begins with Luke 2 and Luke 3, then follows with Mark 1 and Matthew 3.

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He provides a record thomas jefferson bible which verses he selected, and of the order he chose in his Table of the Texts from the Evangelists employed in this Narrative and of the order of their arrangement.

Consistent with his naturalistic thomas jefferson bible and intent, most supernatural events are not included in Jefferson's heavily edited compilation.

Conkin states that "For the teachings of Jesus he concentrated on his milder admonitions the Sermon on the Mount and his most memorable parables.

What resulted is a reasonably coherent, but at places oddly truncated, biography.