The Jefferson Bible

Fifty years to the date after signing the Declaration of Independence our third president, Thomas Jefferson, died on July 4, 1826—just hours before the death of his fellow signer John Adams. Just six years earlier, Jefferson completed an 84-page manuscript he called the “Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.” Gleaned from the four Gospels of the New Testament, and Jefferson’s private work, it remained unknown until his great-granddaughter sold the manuscript to the Smithsonian Institution in 1895. In 2011, the Smithsonian undertook a challenging restoration project of the fragile document, and what is now known as the “Jefferson Bible” was presented to scholars and the general public at the Smithsonian’s Albert H. Small Documents Gallery.

Share

More Book Minute Features

August 12, 2019

Wycliffe Translators Origins

In 1917, a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles. He was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the...
August 05, 2019

Five Presidential Birthdays

Five former US presidents have birthdays in August, with the oldest being Benjamin Harrison, followed by Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton...
July 29, 2019

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, “doing the most good” through millions of volunteers in more than 100 countries worldwide by serving hot meals to those in need, p...