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The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth: Jefferson's Search for the Essential Teachings of Jesus

Guest Speaker:

Jon Grand, Manager, The Book Stall, Winnetka 

The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, commonly referred to as the Jefferson Bible, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the later years of his life by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson's condensed 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.  The Jefferson Bible has been called "scripture by subtraction."  But, as Jon Gand shall show us, it was much more than that.

Jon Grand’s career has included fascinating jobs in environmental planning, including Director positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Nordic/Baltic Region, in Copenhagen and in Chicago.  In 2006 he retired and began to work part time at The Book Stall.  A part-time job has turned into a more than full-time job which he loves.  Mr. Grand is a member of the Humanities Councils in Kentucky and Wisconsin and last spoke to us in 2014 on the book, Zealot.