09. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: History, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Jefferson Bible: by edited by Thomas Jefferson with essays by Harry R. Rubenstein, Barbara Clark-Smith & Janice Stagnitto Ellis., 123 pages, read by Tammy, on 07/06/2012

Thomas Jefferson created his own telling of the life of Jesus by literally cutting out verses from the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and pasting them together in his own book. He kept only the words of Jesus which Jefferson felt “There will be remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.”

To preserve the original text photocopies have been made of the original and then printed. You can still see the marks of the pieces of text he cut and pasted together. Jefferson used a variety of texts to create his placing the mostly English texts right next to some taken from French, Greek, and Latin versions of the Bible.

I read the history of this work but did not do a side-by-side comparison of the 47 pages of scripture to see what Jefferson decided to leave out of each section of Jesus’ life as related in the Gospels.