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Jefferson Bible

Here we see Jefferson’s Bible, opened to an early page. Jefferson pasted verses in Greek, Latin, French, and English, so that he might compare the different versions and arrive at the most thorough understanding. The book itself was much unlike a traditional Bible: Jefferson constructed it himself, in multiple languages, excising the superstitious portions that offended his Enlightenment, rationalist sensibilities. Unlike Augustine, who worked hard to prove the literal truth of the Scriptures, Jefferson and other men of the Enlightenment were willing to interpret the Bible with the light of their own reason.

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