- Taschenbuch: 146 Seiten
- Verlag: Lakewood Publishing (28. November 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1936583216
- ISBN-13: 978-1936583218
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 0,8 x 22,9 cm
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THE JEFFERSON BIBLE What Thomas Jefferson Selected as the Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. November 2011
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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was America’s third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence.
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I have read various versions of the Jefferson Bible, and this is easily the best. The book starts off with the history of the Jefferson Bible, then there is a chapter on the Smithsonian Institution's conservation of the original book. After that comes the facsimile reproduction of Jefferson's "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin French and English".
When I say facsimile, I mean it is an exact copy, right down to the yellowish shade of paper and the obvious slight stains on many of the pages. The reproduction even goes as far as to show where the ink bled through as Jefferson numbered the pages at the top. This facsimile is so well done that the pasting of the various verses seem nearly three-dimensional. There are several places where Jefferson pasted a small verse into the margin and then finished one of the words with his own hand. One of these small pastings is actually glued into the margin and then physically folded backwards into the book itself, just as was the original.
The pages themselves are unique in that the corners are rounded off, rather than squared, and there is a substantial feel to each of the pages. The cover of the book comes with a heavy clear plastic jacket.
If you are a connoisseur of Jefferson's words, and you are open-minded enough to look at the life of Jesus from a more objective, rather than supernatural, view, this is a wonderful place to start.
As a side note, go to iTunes and search "The Thomas Jefferson Hour". Humanities scholar and author Clay Jenkinson portrays Jefferson, and his one hour shows are both entertaining and historically instructive.
I am going to purchase a few more of these books to give to open-minded friends.
The Smithsonian edition is quite impressive, both as an introduction to Jefferson's work, and as a work of art in its own right. Pages are a thick (imitation) vellum, with rounded corners; there is a fold-out multi-panel map, and even tiny pasted-in sections that are true to the original (see uploaded photos for numerous details). Each page of the original book was hand numbered, and laboriously constructed from four texts - Greek, Latin, French, English - beginning with Jesus' birth, and ending with the tomb sealed with a stone. We see the man Jesus and his core teachings through the eyes of one of our Founding Fathers. The Smithsonian version introduction details the process of the Smithsonian Institution's restoration of this historic American volume, as well as Thomas Jefferson's creation of the original book. In spite of concerns about printing in China, it is a delight to hold a volume that is such a gorgeous example of the bookbinder's art.
This edition has brought hours of joy to a dear friend, assisted her in curating an important local Bible collection, and is a treasure of a book for the scholar or historian.
*I offer this as a review of a book, a beautiful book; not my faith, or Jefferson's, or the politics or economics of printing; none of which I care to discuss. You might want to read the book.*
"To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other."
This quote, taken from a letter Jefferson wrote to Benjamin Rush, very accurately and succinctly portrays Jefferson's opinion on the subject, and lends a great deal toward understanding the underlying perspective of the book as well as his motivation for writing it.
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Jefferson's own title, which later became known as simply "The Jefferson Bible") was Jefferson's attempt at distilling the essence of the teachings of Christ and his life (as presented in the four gospels of the New Testament) into a more coherent form, that is, according to chronology, without needless repetition, and without reference to superstition or miracles; Jefferson "edited" the bible by literally cutting and pasting the contents of the four Gospels accordingly. This "just the facts, ma'am" approach really provides a unique - and quite frankly refreshing - look at Christianity. I would perhaps describe it as very "accessible", and goes a long way toward revealing to the religious and non-religious alike why Christ matters and why his life and teachings, despite being hopelessly manipulated and twisted, have given rise to one of the worlds dominant religions.
In fact, at the risk of offending some I would say that for Christians this book will reacquaint them with the true reasons their beliefs carry the name of Christ, whatever their doctrinal or denominational flavor, and perhaps even expose the gulf between what Christ actually taught versus the indoctrination they've possibly received via their respective "Christian" church. For non-Christians, it presents a credible and admirable case for honestly respecting a philosophy whose simple goodness and purity is rivaled only by its profound corruption at the hands of a list of religious denominations that now totals literally in the tens of thousands.
Though I am not religious this book made a tremendous impression on me, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it, even going so far as to say: If Christianity were limited only to this the world would probably be a much better place.
The Smithsonian Edition of his Bible is a true copy of the historical document that was given to our national museum by Jefferson's heirs. It includes side-by-side texts in Latin, Greek, French and the King James version of our 'Holy Bible.' This is the bible I want to turn to in my later years to 'accentuate the positive' in Christianity. This is part of the core of my daily devotions.
This edition is not only the Jefferson Bible. It begins with an historical appreciation of Jefferson's approach to a personal faith and it traces how the bible came to be assembled over time. Another chapter traces its history as an artefact and there is an essay on how it was conserved. Finally, about page 50, the document begins.
As an aside, this is also a 'book' that looks like a classic and feels like a classic. This is a Smithsonian reproduction of one of the most significant texts in American history. The paper feels wonderful. The images reproduce the idea of custom papers so dear to bibliophiles. But, the payoff is in the content.