Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thomas Jefferson 'Scrapbooked' His Own Bible

By Daily Mail Reporter
January 17, 2012

Despite being the author of the Declaration of Independence, that didn't stop Thomas Jefferson taking liberties with someone else's work.

The third president of the United States detested some passages of the Bible so much that he decided to make his own version.

The abridged version was known as The Jefferson Bible and has been painstakingly restored by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. 

A new edition of the Jefferson Bible was published by Tarcher this month while the Smithsonian exhibition goes on until May.

Particular passages didn't sit too comfortably with Jefferson - including miracles such as the virgin birth, the resurrection and ascension.

So in 1820, following his two terms as president, Jefferson took a razor blade to six other volumes and patched together his favourite passages before having it bound.

Entitled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, containing 84 pages, it leaves out key moments to the Christian faith - including the holy ghost and holy trinity.
The Smithsonian said Jefferson left out the passages which he believed to be 'contrary to reason'.

Jefferson drew from all four gospels of the New Testament in Greek, Latin, French and English to tell the story of Jesus' life.

The original book had the passages laid out in four columns and handwritten notes in the margins before the pages were bound into a red Moroccan leather cover. 



  1. Keith Allen LehmanJanuary 20, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    I find it eerie that I come across the Smithsonian article describing the restoration and preservation by Smithsonian in regards to Jefferson's Bible and find you have posted it ... LOL ... Of course, for "Veritas et Theologium, my article will be in a different plane and depth. As usual, your articles and guest writers are awesome and up-to-date.

  2. Hi, stranger. Haven't heard from you in a long time.

  3. Keith Allen LehmanJanuary 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Yes, too long .. back in the game at last. I see you have been holding the fort. Glad to see it. Jefferson's Rebels is one of the best.

  4. Fear of losing our country is enough to keep us motivated. I'm sure you're the same.