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The Jefferson Bible?

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Something that I stumbled across was that apparently Thomas Jefferson wrote a Bible, trying to take out all Pauline influence from the text. It sounds like a more extreme version of a Redline Bible (where all Jesus' words are in red). Has anyone read this, and is it worth looking at?

 

I'll admit I am more interested in it as a historical curiosity than from the point of view of religious study. Does it give any real insights into the faith?

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He didn't actually write a Bible. He was a deist and denied the existence of anything supernatural so he took a Bible and cut out all of supernatural parts. What we left was basically the teachings of Jesus without any references to the miracles he performed or his resurrection. It doesn't provide any new insights into the faith but it might be useful to someone who was interested in Jefferson's beliefs.

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On 1/24/2018 at 4:45 AM, ChatterBox said:

Something that I stumbled across was that apparently Thomas Jefferson wrote a Bible, trying to take out all Pauline influence from the text. It sounds like a more extreme version of a Redline Bible (where all Jesus' words are in red). Has anyone read this, and is it worth looking at?

 

I'll admit I am more interested in it as a historical curiosity than from the point of view of religious study. Does it give any real insights into the faith?

Someone on other forum suggested me to read Jefferson bible.

My background ex-Muslim and now agnostic atheist, this book will fulfill my needs.

Someone who is atheist, and doesn’t believes in supernatural, he can get insight into Jesus life.

 

i do believe in supernatural, but haven’t made any decision on god yet.

and yes I believe Christianity is best religion right now in world.

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When one is pouring out His heart in a letter to you would you throw out pages? The whole of Scripture is God's Word. 

 

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

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4 minutes ago, Faber said:

There are places, like North Korea, if you are caught with having any pages of the Bible it could cost you your life.

Understood ... that is a lot different then choosing to disregard portion was my point.. 

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