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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (637 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Jefferson Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the early nineteenth century, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, conceived the idea of extracting a gospel purified of what he saw as extraneous philosophical, mythological, and theological elements. To do so, he took verses from the four canonical gospels and arranged them into a single narrative, focusing on the actual words of Jesus.

This work was never published during Jefferson’s lifetime but was inherited by his grandson and printed for the first time in the early twentieth century. The original bound manuscript, popularly referred to as The Jefferson Bible, is held by the United States National Museum in Washington.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by laura | 2/16/2014

    " Very interesting perspective on Christ's teachings, but the ending for me was very sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natasha Kucic | 2/9/2014

    " It was interesting to read his interpretation of the Bible. It reflects on how jeffersons morals and values were shaped around the time our country was born and its amazing to compare how then and now our country has lost it's path. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul Cato | 2/8/2014

    " More interesting than the "Jefferson Bible" (aka "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth") are the comprehensive introduction and collection of letters concerning his religious belief. Ultimately the Jefferson Bible is somewhat stale - as both a piece of literature and as a religious/philosophical work. Though an interesting exercise, and certainly a legit example of the sort of religious self-reflection he urged all people to do, any compilation of four distinct sources - each with their own styles, contexts, and messages - does not "work". Jesus also loses his power when unable to talk about the nature of God (a fact that can be accepted/agreed upon regardless of whether an individual is of faith or not) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Steven | 2/4/2014

    " My sister suggested I might get something out of this, after I'd been going on about how bogus everything in the bible is. That Thomas Jefferson took out all the supernatural elements from the Jesus mythology and humanized him and his moral lessons. It's cool that Jefferson was bold enough to attempt that, but it still didn't work for me because Jesus still waxes on about a supernatural god and heaven and hell and spirits, and a lot of his moral lessons are still based around those things, so how could a practical person make sense of it? It was an interesting exercise, but it didn't mend the overall flaws with the religion for me. I sort of mark this book as one of the last steps before I wrote off Christianity as anything useful in my life. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”