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 jefferson bible or the life and morals of jesus of nazareth as it is formally titled was thomas jeffersons effort to extract what he considered the pertinent doctrine of jesus by removing sections of the new testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the four . 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 . The life and morals of jesus of nazareth known today as the jefferson bible is thomas jeffersons own compilation of the four gospels in the new testament jefferson cut out excerpts from six new testament volumes in english french latin and greek and then assembled them together in this single volume
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