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Mar 21, 2013 9:57 AM by Elaine Sheridan

Jefferson's bible on display in Colorado

The Thomas Jefferson Bible, never before displayed in the West, was installed at the History Colorado Center on Wednesday.

"This is one of the more curious and more interesting pieces in the Smithsonian collection," said Harry Rubenstein, chair and curator of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History told the Denver Post.

The book is a window into the private mind of America's third president - a blend of Enlightenment beliefs, Christian tradition and American Revolutionary thought.

"He was trying to distill the moral teaching of Jesus," said Rubenstein, "and it shows a very private side of Jefferson."

Two centuries old and too fragile to open, the book underwent a painstaking conservation process and debuted in November 2011 at the National Museum of American History.

Jefferson assembled the book from four Bibles and took out anything he considered supernatural. Jefferson's Bible has left the Smithsonian, and will be on public display starting Friday.

"He was trying to distill the moral teaching of Jesus," said Rubenstein, "and it shows a very private side of Jefferson."
(Photos by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

 

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