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The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
by Thomas Jefferson

The Jefferson Bible is an exquisite full-color reproduction of his famous, much-edited version of Jesus’ life and teachings, cut and pasted from eight Bibles—two each in English, French, Latin and Greek. Includes his hand-written margin notes, chapters on his Enlightenment views, and a review of the painstaking process to preserve the original.

An introduction by Smithsonian curators Harry R. Rubenstein and Barbara Clark Smith explains Jefferson’s intentions in creating the volume and the ways that his endeavor reflected his Enlightenment ideals and Revolutionary spirit. Smithsonian conservator Janice Stagnitto Ellis’s essay on conservation reveals surprising insights into how Jefferson crafted the book so precisely. Faithful to the unique artifact so painstakingly created by Thomas Jefferson himself, The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition makes the thoughts of a great American mind accessible for generations to come.
The red leather book resides in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Behring Center. The Thomas Jefferson Bible is on exhibit at the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery in the National Museum of American History.
208 pages, full color reproduction of the original Jefferson Bible containing 4 languages.

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West Virginia
October 08, 2016
By Dodidama
Hudson, Fl
June 17, 2016
"Wonderful read...great insight of the Bible and Jefferson."
By Ancient
June 14, 2016
"A great addition for me to add to my collection of Bibles and deep interest in history."
By Dan AK
Delta Junction, Alaska
April 10, 2016
"The Smithsonian did an awesome job with this book. It had the look of the original. Impressive detail. Thank you, Smithsonian!"
By Mrs. K
Chicago, IL
January 10, 2016
"I bought this as a gift for my friend who is a Christian and an aficionado of all things early-American. It is a lovely piece, and I was proud to give it. She seemed pleased to receive it."