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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date October 29, 2014
Pages 102
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781503032057
ISBN-10 1503032051
Dimensions 0.23 by 5.06 by 7.81 in.
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Original list price $4.89
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson's condensed composition is especially notable for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels which contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages indicating Jesus was divine. Jefferson cut and pasted his arrangement of selected verses from the King James Version[8] of the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in chronological order, putting together excerpts from one text to those of another in order to create a single narrative. Thus he begins with Luke 2 and Luke 3, then follows with Mark 1 and Matthew 3. He provides a record of which verses he selected and of the order in which he arranged them in his "Table of the Texts from the Evangelists employed in this Narrative and of the order of their arrangement". Consistent with his naturalistic outlook and intent, most supernatural events are not included in Jefferson's heavily edited compilation. Paul K. 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. If necessary to exclude the miraculous, Jefferson would cut the text even in mid-verse." Historian Edwin Scott Gaustad explains, "If a moral lesson was embedded in a miracle, the lesson survived in Jeffersonian scripture, but the miracle did not. Even when this took some rather careful cutting with scissors or razor, Jefferson managed to maintain Jesus' role as a great moral teacher, not as a shaman or faith healer." Therefore The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth begins with an account of Jesus’s birth without references to angels (at that time), genealogy, or prophecy. Miracles, references to the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus, and Jesus' resurrection are also absent from his collection. No supernatural acts of Christ are included at all in this regard, while the few things of a supernatural nature include receiving of the Holy Spirit, angels, Noah's Ark and the Great Flood, the Tribulation, the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, a future kingdom, and eternal life, Heaven, Hell and punishment in everlasting fire, the Devil, and the soldiers falling backwards to the ground in response to Jesus stating, "I am he." Rejecting the resurrection of Jesus, the work ends with the words: "Now, in the place where He was crucified, there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus. And rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed." These words correspond to the ending of John 19 in the Bible. Thomas Jefferson (April 13 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual with worldwide influence. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia, and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781). In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France and later the first United States Secretary of State (1790–1793) serving under President George Washington. In opposition to Alexander Hamilton's Federalism, Jefferson and his close friend, James Madison, organized the Democratic-Republican Party, and later resigned from Washington's cabinet.

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Editions for the work The Jefferson Bible
Paperback
Book cover for 9781503032057 Book cover for 9781888451627
 
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from Createspace Independent Pub (October 29, 2014)
9781503032057 | details & prices | 102 pages | 5.06 × 7.81 × 0.23 in. | List price $4.89
This edition also contains The Jefferson Bible
About: The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus.
from Akashic Books (July 1, 2004); titled "The Jefferson Bible: By Thomas Jefferson"
9781888451627 | details & prices | 120 pages | 4.50 × 6.50 × 0.25 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $9.95
About: Acclaimed author Percival Everett will take an atheist’s-eye-view of the little-known “Jefferson Bible,” the third president’s response to the King James Bible.
Editions for the work The Jefferson Bible
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781585429165
 
Reissue edition from J P Tarcher (January 5, 2012)
9781585429165 | details & prices | 132 pages | 4.75 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $10.00
About: 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780939482146 Book cover for 9781420924923 Book cover for 9781503032057
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Createspace Independent Pub (October 29, 2014)
9781503032057 | details & prices | 102 pages | 5.06 × 7.81 × 0.23 in. | List price $4.89
This edition also contains The Jefferson Bible
About: The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus.
With Cyrus Adler (other contributor) | from Digireads.Com (April 21, 2005)
9781420924923 | details & prices | 100 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $8.99
About: This short work is the result of Thomas Jefferson's attempt to extract from the gospels the true essence of religion.
from Noontide Pr (July 1, 1989)
9780939482146 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $7.95
About: In 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to Charles Thompson that he had made "a wee little book .

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