The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, assembled in 1820, is the title of the Thomas Jefferson’s edited compilation of the stories in the New Testament. Jefferson literally took a razor and cut out all the supernatural, nonsensical aspects of the Gospels and kept all the stories that had moral value.

I was very fortunate to be able to see the actual Jefferson Bible during my visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. They have a new exhibit that recently opened in November 2011 and will run until July 2012.

This is what the American History Museum looks like on the outside.

 

The exhibit was right next to this more permanent one about Jefferson’s involvement in the dark side of slavery.

 

The entrance into the exhibit.

 

“Left behind in the source material were those elements that he could not support through reason or that he believed were later embellishments, such as the miracles and the Resurrection.”

 

More background information.

 

At last, the thing itself.

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Posted on February 20, 2012, in History, Religion and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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