The Jefferson Bible What Thomas Jefferson Selected as the Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

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In 1820, Thomas Jefferson worked for months, often by candlelight, carefully cutting the pages of several Bibles to remove the teachings of Jesus. He then reorganized those verses and pasted them into a new book that he called simply, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth" . Jefferson believed that the words of Jesus were "the most benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man," and he wanted to study his teachings apart from the rest of the Gospels. With a boldness that would have shocked many of his ...

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