The Jefferson Bible: The Life And Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Paperback)

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"Question with boldness even the existence of a god," Thomas Jefferson asserted, "because if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear." America's third president regarded Jesus as a moral guide rather than a divinity, and in The Jefferson Bible, he highlights Christ's ethical teachings from the Gospels. Discarding the scriptures' supernatural elements and dogma, this volume reflects the deist view of religion, focusing on Jesus' message of absolute love and service.
Jefferson undertook his self-appointed task in 1794, consulting not only the King James Bible but also Greek, French, and Latin versions. He selected verses from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and arranged them in chronological order to form a single narrative. Although Jefferson shared his interpretation with friends and family, he declined to publish it, in keeping with his conviction that religion is a private matter — and also to avoid providing his political enemies with ammunition. Not until the turn of the twentieth century did the book appear in print, when it became a tradition to present it to new members of Congress. Unique and influential, this volume reflects not only the thinking of one of the nation's most brilliant statesmen, but also the ideology of the Enlightenment era.

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ISBN 9780486449210
Genre RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / New Testament
Format Paperback
Pages 96
Publisher Date 2006-06-23 00:00:00.0
Publisher Dover Pubns
Height 8.75 in
Wdth 5.75 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.3 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Life And Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
Audience General/trade
Authors Jefferson, Thomas
Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
Country of Origin United States

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    This book by Thomas Jefferson is what he believed was the real life of Christ. His beliefs were based on extensive research on his part. Research into anchiant writtings in the original languages. There is certainly room for Biblical scholars to disagree with his conclusions, but his work is very important as another viewpoint to consider. Thank you Overstock.com for your usual fine service.

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