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Handling serpents : Pastor Jimmy Morrow's narrative history of his Appalachian Jesus' Name tradition

Author: Jimmy Morrow; Ralph W Hood, Jr.
Publisher: Macon, Ga. : Mercer University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jimmy Morrow; Ralph W Hood, Jr.
ISBN: 086554848X 9780865548480
OCLC Number: 57641182
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: 210 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Preface: How I Came to Believe in Serpent Handling --
Chapter 1: The Doctrine of Jesus and the Prophetess Nancy Younger Klenieck --
Chapter 2: George Hensley and the Notoriety of Serpent Handling --
Chapter 3: The Jesus' Name Churches Organize and Grow --
Chapter 4: Serpent Handling Comes to Grasshopper Valley --
Chapter 5: Jesus' Name Handlers in Cocke County, Tennessee --
Chapter 6: Jesus' Name Handlers in Newport, Tennessee --
Chapter 7: The Death of Charles Prince in Greensville, Tennessee --
Chapter 8: The Death by Serpent Bite of George Hensley and Other Jesus' NameBelievers --
Chapter 9: Brother Colonel Harman Bunn and the Zion Tabernacle --
Chapter 10: TheBite of a Young Man at The Sand Hill Church of God in Jesus' Name --
Chapter 11: The Holiness Church of God in Jesus' Name --
Chapter 12: Trouble in the Churches: More Deaths and Bites --
Chapter 13: The Del Rio and Edwina Churches of God in Jesus Christ's Name --
Chapter 14: The Death of Jimmy Ray Williams Jr. --
Chapter 15: The Death of Punkin Brown and the Battle for Custody of his Children --
Chapter 16: God Grants Me a Vision of Hell and the Power to Preach the Word --
Chapter 17: The Family Tree of Jimmy Morrow --
Chapter 18: The Family Tree of Pam Morrow.
Responsibility: Jimmy Morrow ; with Ralph W. Hood, Jr., editor.
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"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 into 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 America's 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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