Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication, Advisory Committee,

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

The introduction to the first volume of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson announced that a second series would be published, containing "those materials which seem most naturally to permit a classified arrangement." Starting in 1954, the list of abbreviations found in the front of each volume contains a reference to the Second Series, ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

It is a pleasure to acknowledge the assistance I have received in preparing this volume for publication. My foremost obligation is to Julian P. Boyd, who first advised me to study Jefferson's biblical compilations for my doctoral dissertation at Brown University and then encouraged me to prepare this volume for the Second Series in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-42

"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion," Thomas Jefferson advised one of his nephews in the course of a disquisition on religious education. "Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."1 ...

The Philosophy of Jesus

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The Reconstruction of "The Philosophy of Jesus"

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pp. 45-54

The text of "The Philosophy of Jesus" presented in this volume is a reconstruction of the missing original copy of Jefferson's first compilation of verses from the Evangelists. The fate of the original "Philosophy of Jesus" is wrapped in mystery. Jefferson referred or alluded to this work in six different letters, the first written in 1804 and the last in 1819— ...

The Philosophy of Jesus

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pp. 55-106

Notes on "The Philosophy of Jesus"

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pp. 107-122

The Life and Morals of Jesus

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"The Life and Morals of Jesus": A History of the Text

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pp. 125-126

The text of "The Life and Morals of Jesus" presented in this volume is a newly made photoreproduction of the original compilation, which is now in the custody of the Smithsonian Institution. As was mentioned in the Introduction, Jefferson probably completed "The Life and Morals of Jesus" in the summer of 1820 and definitely kept its existence a secret from everyone but Frederick A. Mayo, who bound it. ...

The Life and Morals of Jesus

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pp. 127-298

Notes to "The Life and Morals of Jesus"

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pp. 299-314

Appendix

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pp. 315-416

Index

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pp. 417-426

Table of New Testament Passages

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pp. 427-438