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The Jefferson Bible
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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.

Customer Reviews

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By Norie
Green town, Pa.
December 23, 2015
"It is a very interesting book! We leave it out for whomever is visiting; family or friends. Discussion with them is an option regarding the contents, the history, the education and it is entertaining."
By Garden bug
October 25, 2013
"I bought this for my father and can't wait for his birthday to come so I can see his reaction. The replication is pretty amazing as the other reviewers noted. I was a little disappointed that it can't be opened flat more than it can, but that's due to the piece's narrow depth. Very well done."
By mhflorida
December 20, 2012
"This was a gift. (he hasn't opened yet but he loves any Jeffersonian!"
By kal
alexandria va 2
November 29, 2012
"will make a great christmas gift for my beloved history buff"
By Jim
November 04, 2012
"This was a gift for my wife. She is an avid reader and history buff. She loved it! This was an excellent gift. I suggest you also buy the DVD at the same time. I later purchsed the DVD."