Friday, April 20, 2012

Thomas Jefferson - #3822 - VIDEO: Do You Know the Real Story Behind the 'Jefferson Bible'? David Barton Shared it with Glenn Beck - The Blaze


Thomas Jefferson - Do you know the real story behind the 'Jefferson Bible'? David Barton Shared it with Glenn Beck - During his Thursday evening broadcast, Glenn Beck interviewed WallBuilders founder and “The Jefferson Lies” author, David Barton. The two discussed what drove Thomas Jefferson and dispelled some long-held myths about the Founding Father.  For Jefferson, “it all goes back to god,” Barton said. This statement prompted the story of the “Jefferson Bible” and rumors that Jefferson was, in some way, anti-religious. Barton brushed off this idea as nonsense and went on to explain how history has been twisted.  
The legend had it that Jefferson cut the Bible into pieces, sewing together the portions with which he agreed and discarding the rest. As it turns out, Jefferson had a long history working with missionaries and, in particular, bringing Christianity to the Native Americans. At one point Jefferson gleaned an idea to produce an abbreviated version of the Bible that only focused on the moral teachings of Jesus Christ with a view toward creating a more digestible, comprehensive volume for the Native Americans he and other missionaries were teaching. Jefferson did so and, at the beginning of the 20th century, his abridged bible was Congressionally re-printed and given to members of Congress upon taking office. The tradition lasted some some 50 years.  The fascinating lesson in history continues below. Watch and learn more about one of the most complex figures in U.S. history.  Read more........  AW: How many times have you toured Monticello and been told Jefferson cut up the Bible to only leave the parts he agreed with, and disregarded the rest, and that he believed in God, and not focused on Jesus.  Can't wait for my next tour, so I can share this with our guide, I am sure they will be very impressed with my new knowledge.

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