Saturday, September 19, 2015

iON | Jefferson’s Bible

Jefferson cut verses from six copies of the New Testament to create his own personal version.


8 August 2015

“I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1819

“At age 77, Thomas Jefferson, after two terms as president, turned to a project that had occupied his mind for at least two decades—the creation of a book of moral lessons drawn from the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, Mark and John.

With painstaking precision, Jefferson cut verses from editions of the New Testament in English, French, Greek and Latin. He pasted these onto loose blank pages, which were then bound to make a book. He titled his volume The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth; it has become known as the Jefferson Bible. Because Jefferson found this project intensely personal and private, he acknowledged the book’s existence only to a few friends, saying that he read it before retiring at night.”
G. Wayne Clough, head of the Smithsonian Institution

Read the Jefferson Bible.

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