- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Wilder Publications (March 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604591285
- ISBN-13: 978-1604591286
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 662 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Paperback – March 26, 2009
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The Smithsonian Edition of his Bible is a true copy of the historical document that was given to our national museum by Jefferson's heirs. It includes side-by-side texts in Latin, Greek, French and the King James version of our 'Holy Bible.' This is the bible I want to turn to in my later years to 'accentuate the positive' in Christianity. This is part of the core of my daily devotions.
This edition is not only the Jefferson Bible. It begins with an historical appreciation of Jefferson's approach to a personal faith and it traces how the bible came to be assembled over time. Another chapter traces its history as an artefact and there is an essay on how it was conserved. Finally, about page 50, the document begins.
As an aside, this is also a 'book' that looks like a classic and feels like a classic. This is a Smithsonian reproduction of one of the most significant texts in American history. The paper feels wonderful. The images reproduce the idea of custom papers so dear to bibliophiles. But, the payoff is in the content.
If you just want to know about Jefferson's Bible, there are less expensive options that should satisfy your interest.
"To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other."
This quote, taken from a letter Jefferson wrote to Benjamin Rush, very accurately and succinctly portrays Jefferson's opinion on the subject, and lends a great deal toward understanding the underlying perspective of the book as well as his motivation for writing it.
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Jefferson's own title, which later became known as simply "The Jefferson Bible") was Jefferson's attempt at distilling the essence of the teachings of Christ and his life (as presented in the four gospels of the New Testament) into a more coherent form, that is, according to chronology, without needless repetition, and without reference to superstition or miracles; Jefferson "edited" the bible by literally cutting and pasting the contents of the four Gospels accordingly. This "just the facts, ma'am" approach really provides a unique - and quite frankly refreshing - look at Christianity. I would perhaps describe it as very "accessible", and goes a long way toward revealing to the religious and non-religious alike why Christ matters and why his life and teachings, despite being hopelessly manipulated and twisted, have given rise to one of the worlds dominant religions.
In fact, at the risk of offending some I would say that for Christians this book will reacquaint them with the true reasons their beliefs carry the name of Christ, whatever their doctrinal or denominational flavor, and perhaps even expose the gulf between what Christ actually taught versus the indoctrination they've possibly received via their respective "Christian" church. For non-Christians, it presents a credible and admirable case for honestly respecting a philosophy whose simple goodness and purity is rivaled only by its profound corruption at the hands of a list of religious denominations that now totals literally in the tens of thousands.
Though I am not religious this book made a tremendous impression on me, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it, even going so far as to say: If Christianity were limited only to this the world would probably be a much better place.