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Over two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson began to carve away at the King James Bible with a razor—an action considered by some then and today to be blasphemous—out of a desire to produce a linear narrative of the life of Jesus of Nazareth free of claims of divinity or mentions of miraculous events. The work he produced, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, has sin ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Overt Geek Press
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Insightful and revolutionary. Marshall's prose version, following Jefferson's selected verses, is eminently readable. Incredibly thought provoking. ...more
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Easily read and understood. Book does not provide historical background or commentary on Jefferson's edit of the New Testament. I received my copy of The New Jefferson Bible through a Goodreads First-read giveaway. One of the great movements of the Protestant Reformation was the translation of the Bible from Latin into the vernacular languages, allowing every person to read and evaluate Christian stories and teachings for themselves. Thomas Jefferson combed through the King James English transla ...more
Jordan Balsamo
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Give one a greater understanding of the Christian Bible, less all the miracles. A believer could use it as a addendum and a philosopher can use it for literary and moral teaching.
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