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    Description"Question with boldness even the existence of a god," Thomas Jefferson asserted, "because if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear." America's third president regarded Jesus as a moral guide rather than a divinity, and in "The Jefferson Bible, " he highlights Christ's ethical teachings from the Gospels. Discarding the scriptures' supernatural elements and dogma, this volume reflects the deist view of religion, focusing on Jesus' message of absolute love and service. Jefferson undertook his self-appointed task in 1794, consulting not only the King James Bible but also Greek, French, and Latin versions. He selected verses from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and arranged them in chronological order to form a single narrative. Although Jefferson shared his interpretation with friends and family, he declined to publish it, in keeping with his conviction that religion is a private matter -- and also to avoid providing his political enemies with ammunition. Not until the turn of the twentieth century did the book appear in print, when it became a tradition to present it to new members of Congress. Unique and influential, this volume reflects not only the thinking of one of the nation's most brilliant statesmen, but also the ideology of the Enlightenment era.


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    Title
    The Jefferson Bible
    Subtitle
    The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Jefferson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 219 mm
    Thickness: 7 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780486449210
    ISBN 10: 0486449211
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG1
    B&T Approval Code: A13505025
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    Libri: I-RY
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 226.1
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A13603200
    BISAC V2.8: REL006100
    DC22: 226/.1, 226.1
    B&T Approval Code: A10010200
    LC classification: BT304.95 .J44 2006
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO018000, REL006220, REL006050
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVC
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    Dover Publications Inc.
    Imprint name
    Dover Publications Inc.
    Publication date
    23 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York