Jefferson Bible

ISBN-10: 1888451629
ISBN-13: 9781888451627
Edition: 2004
List price: $9.95
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Description: Acclaimed author Percival Everett will take an atheist's-eye-view of the little-known "Jefferson Bible," the third president's response to the King James Bible. Percival Everett's novel Erasure won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and his most  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Akashic Books
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 65
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Acclaimed author Percival Everett will take an atheist's-eye-view of the little-known "Jefferson Bible," the third president's response to the King James Bible. Percival Everett's novel Erasure won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and his most recent, A History of the African-American People [Proposed] by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid [A Novel] ruffled many Confederate feathers.

Richard J. Murnane manages the Risk Prediction Initiative and is a research scientist at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Kam-biu Liu is the James J. Parsons Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University.Politician, philosopher, farmer, architect, and author, Jefferson was born to Peter and Jane Randolph Jefferson on April 13, 1743, in Tuckahoe, Virginia. As Jefferson observed in his autobiography, his parents could "trace their pedigree far back in England and Scotland." At the age of 16, Thomas Jefferson entered William and Mary College; at age 24, Jefferson was admitted to the bar; at 25, he was elected to the Virginia Assembly. Renowned for his political contributions to the American colonies, and later, to the embryonic Republic, Jefferson published in 1774 A Summary View of the Rights of British America, celebrating the inalienable natural rights claimed by the colonialists. In 1775 Jefferson was elected to the Continental Congress; in 1776 he joined the five-person committee responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence---a document that is widely regarded as being largely Jefferson's own work. In 1779 Jefferson was elected governor of the state of Virginia, and in subsequent years he distinguished himself both as a cosmopolitan international politician and as a man committed to the future of Virginia. In 1789 he was appointed U.S. secretary of state, in 1797 he served as vice president under President John Adams, and in 1801 he was elected third president of the United States. Jefferson's literary career was no less stellar than his political accomplishments. He authored tracts and books on such diverse subjects as gardening, the life of Jesus, the history of Virginia, and the practices of farming. The precise descriptions of nature that inform his Notes on the State of Virginia (1787) are frequently credited with foreshadowing the Hudson River school of aesthetics. Thomas Jefferson died on the fourth of July. His grave marker, engraved with words of his own choosing, states, "Here lies Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and Father of the University of Virginia."

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Thomas Jefferson Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush
"Syllabus of an Estimate of the Merit of the Doctrines of Jesus, Compared with Those of Others"
Thomas Jefferson Letter to William Short
The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted textually from the Gospels

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