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Jeffersonian Bible

Thomas Jefferson was so convinced the Bible’s true message was hidden that he literally cut up the pages and reedited the book, attempting, in his words, ‘to do away with the artificial scaffolding and restore the genuine doctrines.The Jeffersonian Bible was still in print today and included many of his controversial revisions, among them the removal of the virgin birth and the resurrection. Incredibly, the Jeffersonian Bible had been presented to every incoming member of Congress during the first half of the nineteenth century.
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   THE JEFFERSON BIBLE The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels Compiled by Thomas Jefferson Edited by Eyler Robert Coates .  ______________________________________________________________________ CHAPTER 1. Now it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 (And this enrollment was the first which was made when Quirinius, was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 To be enrolled with Mary his betrothed, being then with child.  file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Durgesh/Desktop/jeffbbl.txt  6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS. 9 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 10 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, unto the feast according to the custom. 12 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and his parents knew not of it. 13 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances. 14 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 15 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 16 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 17 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 18 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them. 19 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 21 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, 22 Appeared John the Baptist in the wilderness. 23 Now the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Durgesh/Desktop/jeffbbl.txt (2 of 72)4/17/2010 12:08:58 PM  file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Durgesh/Desktop/jeffbbl.txt  and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 24 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 25 And were baptized of him in Jordan. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 27 And Jesus himself, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age. 28 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there a few days. And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 30 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 31 And when he had made a scourge of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' coins, and overthrew their tables; 32 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. 33 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 35 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. 36 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. 37 Therefore Herodias had a grudge against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: 38 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and holy, and protected him; and when he heard him, he was sore perplexed, yet he heard him gladly. 39 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Durgesh/Desktop/jeffbbl.txt (3 of 72)4/17/2010 12:08:58 PM  file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Durgesh/Desktop/jeffbbl.txt  and chief men of Galilee; 40 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, she pleased Herod and them that sat with him; and the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. 41 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. 42 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. 43 And she came in immediately with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me straightway in a charger the head of John the Baptist. 44 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not refuse her. 45 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 46 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 48 And they were astonished at his teaching: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn fields; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. 50 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 51 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 52 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 53 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless? file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Durgesh/Desktop/jeffbbl.txt (4 of 72)4/17/2010 12:08:58 PM
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