The Last Judgment of Mister Jefferson

Published:June 6, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

Last month we linked to an article in the University of Virginia Magazine about Jefferson’s Bible. The magazine’s new issue features a few letters to the editor on the subject, and this one, from Ernest W. Proctor of Ophelia, Virginia, is my favorite:

Pity poor Mr. Jefferson as he labored so diligently with his scissors and little pot of paste to edit the New Testament to his taste. What he was apparently attempting was the expurgation of Jesus’ recorded claims of divinity. One wonders what the Sage of Monticello might have to say to the glorious risen Christ when he stands before him in the judgment.

IMAGE: The Last Judgment by Stefan Lochner, ca. 1435