THE LIFE AND MORALS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH BY THOMAS JEFFERSON
Publication Date: 1904
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French and English. The text of the New Testament appears in four parallel columns in four languages. Jefferson omitted the words that he thought were inauthentic and retained those he believed were original. The resulting work is commonly known as the "Jefferson Bible."
Jefferson discovered a Jesus who was a great Teacher of Common Sense. His message
was the morality of absolute love and service. Its authenticity was not dependent
upon the dogma of the Trinity or even the claim that Jesus was uniquely inspired by
God. Jefferson saw Jesus as "...a man, of illegitimate birth, of a benevolent heart,
(and an) enthusiastic mind, who set out without pretensions of divinity, ended in
believing them, and was punished capitally for sedition by being gibbeted according
to the Roman law."
In short, Mr. Jefferson's Jesus, modeled on the ideals of the Enlightenment thinkers of his day, bore a striking resemblance to Jefferson himself. #0702