The Jefferson Bible by Thomas Jefferson

By Thomas Jefferson

A uniquely beautiful, compact version of Thomas Jefferson's vintage abridgment of the Bible, within which Jefferson sculpted the phrases and ideas of Christ right into a resounding ethical philosophy.

"To the corruptions of Christianity i'm certainly hostile; yet no longer to the real precepts of Jesus himself." -Thomas Jefferson, 1803

With those phrases, written to a private buddy, Thomas Jefferson all started essentially the most audacious spiritual experiments in American background. off and on for the subsequent seventeen years (including his time period in the White House), Jefferson minimize and pasted the philosophy of Jesus Christ, as recorded in Scripture, into one compact assertion. He purposefully passed over any references to the virgin delivery, superb healings, demonic ownership, or supernatural occasions of any style. His target used to be to differentiate the ethical philosophy of Christ from the faith that was once later created round Christ.

This hardcover copy of The Jefferson Bible restores to print a good-looking, immensely available model of Jefferson's manifesto because it used to be released for basic readers in 1940 by way of Grosset & Dunlap. This quantity comprises the unique 1940 foreword through editor Douglas E. Lurton, which gives an attractive advent to the background at the back of Jefferson's attempt. Jefferson's choices are fantastically recomposed in a dignifi ed but entertaining variety for a gem of compactness and clarity.

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4: 37). The fact that God sometimes uses intermediaries accentuates divine transcendence without ruling out the possibility of direct divine intervention. Biblical authors also emphasize the difference between the living God of the Hebrews and lifeless idols. Yahweh is not subject to death, in contrast, for example, to the Western Semitic god of fertility' Tammuz, whose periodic suffering, death, and resurrection were commemorated in a ritual (Ezek. 8: 14). In addition, there is an imposing number of biblical passages that present conflicting views about divine (impassibility and (im)mutability.

6: 5—7; Exod. 32: 12-14; Deut. 32: 36; Judg. 2: 18; 1 Sam. 15: 11; Ps. 90: 13; 106: 45; 135: 14; Jer. 42: 10; Hos. 11: 8—9; Jonah 3: 9—10; 4: 2) and to be incapable of repenting (Num. 23: 19; 1 Sam 15: 29; Hos. 13:14); he is said to change his mind and to be unchangeable (Ps. 102: 26-7; Mai. 3: 6; Heb. 1: 11-12; Jas. 1: 17; Heb. 6: 17); he is said to walk in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3: 8) and to dwell in 'thick darkness' (Exod. 20: 21) and in 'unapproachable light' (1 Tim. 6: 16). 50 They are not tensions between the Greek and the Hebrew ways of thought.

27 Ibid. 2. 19. 26-7. 28 De beneficiis, 6. 23. 1. See the helpful discussion in Micka, Problem of Divine Anger, 7—8. 29 Cicero, De not. dear. 2. 70. 30 Cicero, De officiis, 3. 28. 102; cf. Lactanrius, De ira del, 2. 27. 1. 31 The Stoic proof of providence occupies a large segment of the second part of Cicero's De not. dear. 2. 73—153. Cf. Diogenes Laertius, Vitae, 7. 147: 'They say that the deity is immortal, rational, perfect or intelligent in happiness, free from all evil, non-anthropomorphic living being, taking providential care of the world and all that is in the world'.

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