Handling Serpents

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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 ...
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Overview

"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865548480
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The doctrine of Jesus and the prophetess Nancy Younger Klenieck 1
2 George Hensley and the notoriety of serpent handling 16
3 The Jesus' name churches organize and grow 21
4 Serpent handling comes to Grasshopper Valley 30
5 Jesus' name handlers in Cocke County, Tennessee 43
6 Jesus' name handlers in Newport, Tennessee 57
7 The death of Charles Prince in Greensville, Tennessee 70
8 The death by serpent bite of George Hensley and other Jesus' name believers 75
9 Brother Colonel Harman Bunn and the Zion Tabernacle 85
10 The bite of a young man at the Sand Hill Church of God in Jesus' Name 95
11 The Holiness Church of God in Jesus' Name 105
12 Trouble in the churches : more deaths and bites 116
13 The Del Rio and Edwina Churches of God in Jesus Christ's Name 127
14 The death of Jimmy Ray Williams, Jr. 137
15 The death of Punkin Brown and the battle for custody of his children 144
16 God grants me a vision of hell and the power to preach the word 151
17 The family tree of Jimmy Morrow 170
18 The family tree of Pam Morrow 190
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    GREAT BOOK!

    This is a great book on the subject of serpent handling.Brother Jimmy Marrow does a good job on th history and telling stories on this subject.I have read a few books on this subject and the best are this one and fred browns book:serpent handling believers.What makes both these books stand apart from the rest is the Serpent handlers them selfes are telling the story more like a testomony of the truth.

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