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

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Mercer University Press, 2005 - 210
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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 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
George Hensley and the Notoriety of Serpent Handling
The Jesus Name Churches Organize and Grow
Serpent Handling Comes to Grasshopper Valley
Jesus Name Handlers in Cocke County Tennessee
Jesus Name Handlers in Newport Tennessee
The Death of Charles Prince in Greensville Tennessee
The Death by Serpent Bite of George Hensley and Other Jesus NameBelievers
Trouble in the Churches More Deaths and Bites
The Del Rio and Edwina Churches of God in Jesus Christs Name
The Death of Jimmy Ray Williams Jr
The Death of Punkin Brown and the Battle for Custody of His Children
God Grants Me a Vision of Hell and the Power to Preach the Word
The Family Tree of James Morrow
The Family Tree of Pam Morrow

Brother Colonel Hartman Bunn and the Zion Tabernacle
The Bite of a Young Man at the Sand Hill Church of God in Jesus Name
The Holiness Church of God in Jesus Name

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