The Jefferson Bible

Jefferson produced the 84-page volume in 1820--six years before he died at age 83--bound it in red leather and titled it The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. He created it by cutting out pieces of an existing bible and pasting them onto blank paper then having the result bound.
He glued down lines from each of the Gospels in four columns, Greek and Latin on one side of the pages, and French and English on the other.

The first time Jefferson undertook to create his own version of Scripture had been in 1804. He assembled 46 pages of New Testament passages in The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth. That volume has been lost.
The later version has events from the life of Jesus in addition to the teachings. He left out things like the miracles.
Source: How Thomas Jefferson Created His Own Bible | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

last updated 4 Jan 2009