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John Brown's Bible

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The Bible directed John Brown's adult life. A stern Calvinist by temperament and outlook, he was not a formal member of any organized church. Still, Brown read the Bible daily, receiving inspiration from both the Old and New Testaments. Brown marked passages which spoke to him in his family Bible.
Although slavery often is condoned in the Bible, Brown believed that the Golden Rule--Do unto others as you would have them do unto you--implicitly condemned slavery. In Brown's eyes, God supported violence in the service of a just cause.
In John Brown's will of December 1, 1859, dated one day beffore his execution, he states: "I give to my daughter Ruth Thompson my large old Bible, containing the family record." Ruth Thompson was Brown's oldest surviving daughter.

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