The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
by Thomas Jefferson, Introduction by Forrest Church, Afterword by Jaroslav Pelikan
Available once again in a handsome gift edition is Jefferson’s spiritual manifesto, the New Testament pared to what he believed were its roots. Armed with a razor and a paste pot, Jefferson removed everything in the Gospels that conflicted with his Enlightenment ideals. What he thought remained of the books, as he later recounted to John Adams, was “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.” 171 pages, hardcover.