From the original preface: "In 1803 while "overwhelmed with other business", Mr Jefferson cut from the Evangelists such passages as he believed would best present the ethical teaching of Jesus, and "arranged them, on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject." He called it "The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth, extracted ...
From the original preface: "In 1803 while "overwhelmed with other business", Mr Jefferson cut from the Evangelists such passages as he believed would best present the ethical teaching of Jesus, and "arranged them, on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject." He called it "The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth, extracted from the account of his life and doctrines, as given by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, being an abridgement of the New Testament".It is incredible that Thomas Jefferson, America's third President, was able to find time to complete what was effectively a precis of the Gospel story without actually adding interpretation or any of his own words.Each entry is carefully numbered and cross-referenced in the table provided to take the reader back to the complete text within the New Testament.
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I found the book to be very thoughtful reading, and it took comparing the Jefferson Bible alongside a standard Bible to see which things he eliminated because he considered them unscientific or unbelievable. The content which remained was still convincing, but without exaggeration, in my mind.
Jul 26, 2012
Had heard of the Jefferson Bible and found it interesting to see how Jefferson selected the passages and sections HE felt were important. As one of our founding fathers, it gives us an insight as to the man and his mindset.
May 9, 2012
Any student of Jefferson must read this book. It helps define him.
Dec 1, 2011
A very interesting view of one of our founding Fathers
religious beliefs. A well thought through document with a very unusual insight to his times.
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