Handling Serpents: Pastor Jimmy Morrow's Narrative History of His Appalachian Jesus' Name Tradition

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Mercer University Press, 2005 - 210 páginas
Jimmy Morrow, a pastor and serpent handler for over a quarter of a century explores the history of serpent handling from a variety of sources, including his extensive familiarity with families whose roots are deep in Appalachia. As a native Appalachian Jimmy has access to histories unavailable to outsiders. While not formally trained as a historian, Jimmy's own narrative of the Jesus Name tradition is a unique contribution to not only Appalachian studies, but to the history of what many have prematurely thought to be a tradition whose obituary is soon to be written. Jimmy's astounding photographs and his keen insight to the power of this tradition that he proudly upholds suggests that while unlikely ever to be a dominant form of religious expression, it will continue as perhaps Americas most unique form of religion that persists in Appalachia despite laws against the practice of handling serpents. This is an extraordinary personal account of a unique form of religious devotion and dedication. It will be of interest to anyone interested in Appalachian culture or religion in the South.
 

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The Doctrine of Jesus and the Prophetess Nancy Younger Kleinieck
1
George Hensley and the Notoriety of Serpent Handling
16
The Jesus Name Churches Organize and Grow
21
Serpent Handling Comes to Grasshopper Valley
30
Jesus Name Handlers in Cocke County Tennessee
43
Jesus Name Handlers in Newport Tennessee
57
The Death of Charles Prince in Greensville Tennessee
70
The Death by Serpent Bite of George Hensley and Other Jesus NameBelievers
75
Trouble in the Churches More Deaths and Bites
116
The Del Rio and Edwina Churches of God in Jesus Christs Name
127
The Death of Jimmy Ray Williams Jr
137
The Death of Punkin Brown and the Battle for Custody of His Children
144
God Grants Me a Vision of Hell and the Power to Preach the Word
151
The Family Tree of James Morrow
170
The Family Tree of Pam Morrow
190
Index
201

Brother Colonel Hartman Bunn and the Zion Tabernacle
85
The Bite of a Young Man at the Sand Hill Church of God in Jesus Name
95
The Holiness Church of God in Jesus Name
105
Index of King James Bible Quotations
209
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