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The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Paperback – March 26, 2009
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Unlike some in previous reviews, the source of printing did not bother me--it is the ideas presented that are the important work. I found the book to be sturdy and well printed. The introductory sections on the history of the book and the conservation efforts undertaken were interesting (to me) and worked well with an online course I was taking at the time of acquisition.
The introductory remarks followed by a thorough reading of the abridged bible, give a unique look into Jefferson's very private and almost unshared views on his religious beliefs. This was a worthwhile purchase.
Disclaimer: it is (apparently) the same physical size as TJ's original but I find the reproduced type very small for these older eyes. Needs to be read with a good light over the shoulder. While I do not really want a large print edition, one or two points of type size would have made this a "5".
A worthy read both from a spiritual and historical viewpoint.
If you just want to know about Jefferson's Bible, there are less expensive options that should satisfy your interest.
This is a magnificent facsimile edition of "The Jefferson Bible." Scholar, chuch-goer, believer, non-believer, layman .. this book is amazing and belongs on your shelf. The actual Jefferson Bible was disassembled and the pages photographed with a Hasselblad H4D-50, a 50 megapixel DSLR and a Zeiss 120mm macro lens. In other words, the actual pages were photographed at extremely high resolution and sharpness and have been reprinted in this volume. You will hold, in your hands, the closest replication of "The Jefferson Bible" yet produced.
Now, there is a "History of the Jefferson Bible" where the curators give their opinion as to what Jefferson meant in assembling his Bible. I could do without that. There is enough material out there that we can read to form our own opinions of Jefferson and what his religious beliefs were or were not. Let's not get into that debate.
Aside from that, there is also a section on the restoration of the Jefferson Bible which is interesting.
Then you have the actual Jefferson Bible itself. I was literally stunned at the highly detailed the replication. Even more stunning is the price: $19 here on Amazon. I bought two.
Some have a beef with it being printed in China. I don't but it's your call. My advice? Buy this book.
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President Jefferson does a favor here.
Interesting insight to how the man thought too, as a smart awesome Deist.Read more