No man can conform his faith to the dictates of another. The life and essence of religion consists in the internal persuasion or belief of the mind.

— Thomas Jefferson, 1819

The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition is the first high-resolution, color facsimile of Thomas Jefferson's distillation of what he considered the original moral doctrines of Jesus. Jefferson went through four translations of the Gospels and cut out the passages he considered revealed the true philosophy of Jesus. In addition to gospel extracts and Jefferson's handwritten notes, the volume includes an introduction by Smithsonian curators that explores Jefferson's motivations for creating the book.

With this one-of-a-kind, Smithsonian Edition you will experience:

  • The first ever high-resolution color facsimile of "The Jefferson Bible"
  • Gospel extracts in four languages, including Jefferson's hand-written notes
  • Introduction by Smithsonian curators Harry R. Rubenstein and Barbara Clark Smith that explores Jefferson's motivations for creating the book
  • A unique opportunity to examine and read the text as Jefferson would have done himself.

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