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President Thomas Jefferson's Essential Jesus

  • Mar 14, 2010
Before Lyof N. Tolstoi translated the New Testament to come to know the essential Jesus, Thomas Jefferson did it before him.

Unlike Tolstoi, who, in typical Russian fasion, got the idea and ran with it, Jefferson (1743-1826) made a promise to write about the real Jesus early in life and didn't do his promise justice until near the end of his life, using Greek, Latin, French and English translations of the Bible.

It was none other than John  Adams (1735-1836), U.S. President just before Jefferson, who rekindled Jefferson's motivation, also near the end of his own life.

So what did Jefferson actually do in his work? Jefferson rallied against what he saw as contradictions from ignorance, absurdity, untruth, charlatanism and imposture in order to restore historically only Jesus' fine imagination, correct morality and gentle benevolence, the essential true Jesus. To do this, Jefferson took a razor to the Greek, Latin, French and English translations and put together the words and actions he believed represented the true Jesus.

This is a fascinating story of Jefferson and Jesus every Christian who sits in the pews could benefit from reading.

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March 15, 2010
Adrianna, it is purchasable. I have two copies and one is a 1989 edition. Also, your father may find it interesting that every new U.S. Senator after 1904 received a copy of the Jefferson Bible and one of the editors of one of the Jefferson Bible books is the son of one of those Senators. Exciting information? What a better world we would have now if every new U.S. Senator and Congressman/woman were to receive a Jefferson Bible when they entered office as one of our representatives.
March 26, 2010
That's great news! I was just talking religion today with my father, and I forgot to mention the Jefferson Bible! I will have to look on Amazon to see how expensive the copies are. This is really exciting information!
March 15, 2010
Great review, Barbara! I cannot imagine tackling such an undertaking at such an advanced age. Jefferson must have conducted a ton of research to get his book to the high caliber standing he held during his lifetime. It's very relevant that he took the time to compare the different version of the Bible too. I bet my father would really enjoy this book! Can it be easily purchased at a bookstore like Borders, or should I look into a college bookstore?
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