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- The Jefferson Bible
- Jesus of Nazareth
- Why Thomas Jefferson Rewrote the Bible Without Jesus' Miracles and Resurrection
- Parables as a Guide to Jesus the Philosopher, Part 1: Introduction
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The Jefferson Bible
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth , commonly referred to as the Jefferson Bible , is one of two religious works constructed by Thomas Jefferson. The first, The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth , was completed in , but no copies exist today. Jefferson's condensed composition excludes all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural , including sections of the four gospels that contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages that portray Jesus as divine.
In an letter to Joseph Priestley , Jefferson stated that he conceived the idea of writing his view of the "Christian System" in a conversation with Benjamin Rush during — He proposes beginning with a review of the morals of the ancient philosophers, moving on to the " deism and ethics of the Jews", and concluding with the "principles of a pure deism" taught by Jesus, "omitting the question of his deity".
Jefferson explains that he does not have the time, and urges the task on Priestley as the person best equipped to accomplish it. In extracting the pure principles which he taught, we should have to strip off the artificial vestments in which they have been muffled by priests, who have travestied them into various forms, as instruments of riches and power to them.
We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus, paring off the Amphibologisms into which they have been led, by forgetting often, or not understanding, what had fallen from him, by giving their own misconceptions as his dicta, and expressing unintelligibly for others what they had not understood themselves.
There will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. I have performed this operation for my own use, by cutting verse by verse out of the printed book, and arranging the matter which is evidently his, and which is as easily distinguishable as diamonds in a dunghill.
The result is an 8vo of 46 pages of pure and unsophisticated doctrines. Probably you have heard me say I had taken the four Evangelists, had cut out from them every text they had recorded of the moral precepts of Jesus, and arranged them in a certain order; and although they appeared but as fragments, yet fragments of the most sublime edifice of morality which had ever been exhibited to man.
Jefferson frequently expressed discontent with this earlier version, which was merely a compilation of the moral teachings of Jesus. The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth represents the fulfillment of his desire to produce a more carefully assembled edition which includes what, in his estimation, can be known of the life of Jesus, whose deeds were the embodiment of his teachings.
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 he chose 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. 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' 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. Jefferson writes to William Short of the four Gospels 4 Aug. First, a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstitions, fanaticisms and fabrications.
Intermixed with these, again, are sublime ideas of the Supreme Being, aphorisms and precepts of the purest morality and benevolence, sanctioned by a life of humility, innocence and simplicity of manners, neglect of riches, absence of worldly ambition and honors, with an eloquence and persuasiveness which have not been surpassed.
To glean the purpose of his two "bibles," one must say something about Jefferson's interest in Jesus. The Bible is a significant work of literature that is taken literally by millions. Ingesting the writings and interfacing with the likes of Rev. Richard Price and Rev. Joseph Priestley , Jefferson begins in his forties his naturalized-religion phase.
In a letter to Bishop James Madison 31 Jan. He writes of the beliefs of German philosopher and founder of Illuminism, Adam Weishaupt. As president, he expresses those sentiments in a letter to Priestley over a year later 21 Mar.
It is understood by some historians that Jefferson composed it for his own satisfaction, supporting the Christian faith as he saw it. Gaustad states, "The retired President did not produce his small book to shock or offend a somnolent world; he composed it for himself, for his devotion, for his assurance, for a more restful sleep at nights and a more confident greeting of the mornings.
He wished to draw personal inspiration from the booklet, as indicated by his remark to Adams in the [Oct. For those aims to be actualized, Philosophy of Jesus would have to be published, if only under a pseudonym. There is no record of this or its successor being for "the Use of the Indians", despite the stated intent of the version being that purpose.
Although the government long supported Christian activity among Indians,   and in Notes on the State of Virginia Jefferson supported "a perpetual mission among the Indian tribes", at least in the interest of anthropology ,  and as President sanctioned financial support for a priest and church for the Kaskaskia Indians ,  Jefferson did not make these works public.
Instead, he acknowledged the existence of The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth to only a few friends, saying that he read it before retiring at night, as he found this project intensely personal and private. Ainsworth Rand Spofford , Librarian of Congress — stated: "His original idea was to have the life and teachings of the Saviour, told in similar excerpts, prepared for the Indians, thinking this simple form would suit them best.
But, abandoning this, the formal execution of his plan took the shape above described, which was for his individual use. He used the four languages that he might have the texts in them side by side, convenient for comparison.
In the book he pasted a map of the ancient world and the Holy Land, with which he studied the New Testament. Some speculate that the reference to "Indians" in the title may have been an allusion to Jefferson's Federalist opponents, as he likewise used this indirect tactic against them at least once before, that being in his second inaugural address.
Or that he was providing himself a cover story in case this work became public. Also referring to the version, Jefferson wrote, "A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. Jefferson's claim to be a Christian was made in response to those who accused him of being otherwise, due to his unorthodox view of the Bible and conception of Christ. Recognizing his rather unusual views, Jefferson stated in a letter to Ezra Stiles Ely, "You say you are a Calvinist.
I am not. I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know. After completion of the Life and Morals , about , Jefferson shared it with a number of friends, but he never allowed it to be published during his lifetime. The most complete form Jefferson produced was inherited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph , and was acquired in by the National Museum in Washington.
Beginning in and continuing every other year until the s, new members of Congress were given a copy of the Jefferson Bible.
Until the practice first stopped, copies were provided by the Government Printing Office. A private organization, the Libertarian Press, revived the practice in The Smithsonian published the first full-color facsimile of the Jefferson Bible on November 1, The text is in the public domain and is freely available on the Internet.
A conservation effort commencing in , led by Senior Paper Conservator Janice Stagnitto Ellis,  in partnership with the museum's Political History department, allowed for a public unveiling in an exhibit open from November 11, , through May 28, , at the National Museum of American History.
Also displayed were the source books from which Jefferson cut his selected passages, and the edition of the Jefferson Bible requested and distributed by the United States Congress. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The title page of the Jefferson Bible written in Jefferson's hand. Further information: Religious views of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson extracts the word "as" from a sentence, to avoid three prepositions in a row.
Retrieved July 20, Quartz Hill School of Theology. Archived from the original on October 16, Retrieved October 16, Thomas Jefferson created his own version of the gospels; he was uncomfortable with any reference to miracles, so with two copies of the New Testament, he cut and pasted them together, excising all references to miracles, from turning water to wine, to the resurrection.
Lipscomb, — Jefferson Looney. Princeton: Princeton University Press, , pp. Memori, Correspondence, and Miscellanies vol. Boston: Gray and Bowen. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Conkin, quoted in Jeffersonian Legacies , edited by Peter S. Onuf, p. Harper's Magazine, v. Archived from the original on February 18, Retrieved January 24, Archived from the original on March 10, Religion News Service. Christian Post. Wayne Clough October Smithsonian Magazine. Archived from the original on April 8, Retrieved November 8, Smithsonian Books.
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Jesus of Nazareth
These books are foundational for Christian belief and practice, sharing the story of Jesus' birth, baptism and revolutionary teachings, as well as affirming him as the Messiah. The Gospels came out of early communities still struggling with their identity in a Jewish context. Together they provide four views of the life and teachings of Jesus. Theirs is a story in which the ordinary and the miraculous intertwine. The mother of Jesus is said to be Mary, who conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit while she was still a young unmarried virgin; Joseph, her betrothed, was a carpenter from Nazareth. Jesus was born that night, his first bed a manger filled with hay.
Apparently, he assembled the verses during his presidency, over the course of a few nights in Washington, D. Jefferson alluded to his motivation for the compilation in a letter to John Adams written on October 12, Being an abridgement of the New Testament for the use of the Indians unembarrassed with matters of fact or faith beyond the level of their comprehensions. He was not referring to the aboriginal population in the United States, but was using the term as a code word to refer to his Federalist and clerical adversaries. Soon after Jefferson finished his compilation, he was already considering a revision.
LIFE AND MORALS. OF. JESUS OF NAZARETH. Extracted Textually from the Gospels, together with a comparison of his doctrines with those of others. BY.
Why Thomas Jefferson Rewrote the Bible Without Jesus' Miracles and Resurrection
I shall say to the Hindus that your lives will be incomplete unless you reverently study the teachings of Jesus. He is also Lord. We need to keep in mind the famous quote by C. Professing that Jesus is Lord, however, comes with the moral imperative of a transformed life.
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth , commonly referred to as the Jefferson Bible , is one of two religious works constructed by Thomas Jefferson. The first, The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth , was completed in , but no copies exist today. Jefferson's condensed composition excludes all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural , including sections of the four gospels that contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages that portray Jesus as divine. In an letter to Joseph Priestley , Jefferson stated that he conceived the idea of writing his view of the "Christian System" in a conversation with Benjamin Rush during — He proposes beginning with a review of the morals of the ancient philosophers, moving on to the " deism and ethics of the Jews", and concluding with the "principles of a pure deism" taught by Jesus, "omitting the question of his deity".
Jesus was a philosopher. If you doubt this, I'd like to persuade you by way of his parables , which imply a certain kind of ethical system with several key values. These include, principally, prudence, nonpossessiveness, nonjudgmentalism, humility, inclusion, and forgiveness. This is post is the first of several parts.
Parables as a Guide to Jesus the Philosopher, Part 1: Introduction
The ex-president bent over the book, using a razor and scissors to carefully cut out small squares of text. Each cut had a purpose, and each word was carefully considered. As he worked, Thomas Jefferson pasted his selections—each in a variety of ancient and modern languages that reflected his vast learning—into the book in neat columns. Thomas Jefferson was known as an inventor and tinkerer. But this time he was tinkering with something held sacred by hundreds of millions of people: the Bible.
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