The jefferson bible the life and morals of jesus of nazareth was created in 1820 by thomas jefferson he was seventy seven years old when he constructed his book by cutting excerpts of the new testament gospels from six printed volumes published in english french latin and greek. The life and morals of jesus of nazareth jeffersons own title which later became known as simply the jefferson bible was jeffersons attempt at distilling the essence of the teachings of christ and his life as presented in the four gospels of the new testament into a more coherent form that is according to chronology without needless . Well first off this is the life and morals of jesus of nazareth its not the jefferson bible jefferson would have been horrified if he learned someone took a book where he compiled the moral philosophy of jesus and called it his bible. Done with his official work for the day thomas jefferson sat in the new presidential mansion in washington in 1803 and opened his bible not to pray but to cut he scoured the text for jesus
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