Thomas Jefferson became a scholar and republished his own version of the Bible.
After our country’s third president served two terms as president, Thomas Jefferson rededicated himself to his studies of the sciences and classical literature. His appreciation for scholarly learning is what led him to establish the University of Virginia. The university campus was designed personally by Jefferson and the faculty was hand-selected by the former president.
In the later years of his life, Jefferson published “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth,” commonly referred to today as the “Jefferson Bible,” a book he constructed by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections of Jesus' biblical teachings from the New Testament. Jefferson's condensed Bible composition is especially notable for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels that contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages that portray Jesus as divine.