The Jefferson Bible

The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
Thomas Jefferson

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson wrote more than the Declaration of Independence, he also re-wrote the Bible - only he left out all Jesus' famous miracles.


Product Description

The Jefferson Bible, one of the most controversial and influential books of its time, has stood the test of time as one of the most unique and intriguing interpretations of Christianity. Thomas Jefferson, the architect of the United States of America, was a prolific and gifted writer. Toward the end of his life, Jefferson set about on a deep exploration of the life and morals of Jesus Christ.

While it’s today unclear exactly what Jefferson’s personal religious leanings were, in his bible, Jefferson analyzes and extracts the content in the New Testament pertaining to Jesus Christ and pares it down to its most base elements. Subtracting the “supernatural” or “divine” moments attributed to Jesus, Jefferson transforms him from the son of God to a brilliant and challenging philosopher and advocate for peace.

Jefferson, out of love, believed that the best way to spread Jesus’ message of peace and service was by removing the questions of his divinity and focusing instead on the direct messages that he delivered during his time as a preacher/thinker.

This new edition, with a foreword by Forrest Church, allows for an even deeper analysis of Jesus and his teachings by removing “the frills” from the equation. A must-read, regardless of your feelings on Christianity.

User reviews

The Jefferson Bible Delivers Morals Without the Need for Divine Intervention

By Kiku Harrington, Seattle, WA

Have you ever wondered how much different the New Testament of the bible would be if it had not included Miracles and Resurrections? This was apparently on the mind of Thomas Jefferson as he edited his own version of the gospels, excluding much of the supernatural portions of Jesus' life. What resulted was, as Jefferson referred to it, The Life and Morals Of Jesus of Nazareth. The version I ordered from the Universal Life Church is a great hardbound edition of The Life and Morals Of Jesus of Nazareth, but with an insightful introductory essay from Forrest Church. While this version may seem controversial to some Christians, I believe it just puts the emphasis on his teachings, making him more human and therefore more relatable to our everyday life. I would recommend this book to any Christian or anyone who has ever expressed doubt in Christ and his teachings.