Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic: His Final, Great Speech

Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic: His Final, Great Speech

by Keith D Miller


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An analysis of the course and content of the prophetic Memphis declaration

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617038242
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Series: Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 626,264
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Keith D. Miller, Tempe, Arizona, is professor of English at Arizona State University. He is the author of Voice of Deliverance: The Language of Martin Luther King Jr. and Its Sources.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction And Then I Got into Memphis 3

Chapter 1 I Left Atlanta: King's Religious Rhetoric 27

Chapter 2 A Certain Man Fell among Thieves: King and the Parable of the Good Samaritan 51

Chapter 3 I'm Delighted to See Each of You Here Tonight: Pentecostalism and Mason Temple 62

Chapter 4 Across the Red Sea: The Exodus Continues 71

Chapter 5 Fire on the Streets and in the Bones: King Revives Hebrew Prophecy 89

Chapter 6 If I Do Not Stop, What Will Happen to Them? King's Rhetoric of the Body 112

Chapter 7 Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: Julia Ward Howe, the Bible, and Memphis 129

Chapter 8 If I Had Merely Sneezed, I Would Have Died: King's Biblical Interpretation 158

Appendix A Text of "I've Been to the Mountaintop" 175

Appendix B The Parable of the Good Samaritan, as Told in Luke 10:25-37 183

Appendix C The Murray/Buttrick Intertext 184

Appendix D The Luccock/Buttrick Intertext 185

Appendix E The Buttrick/King Intertext 188

Appendix F The Murray/Buttrick/King Intertext 191

Appendix G The Luccock/Buttrick/King Intertext 193

Appendix H Liberal Protestant Commonplaces in "I've Been to the Mountaintop" 195

Appendix I Parallels for Segments of "I've Been to the Mountaintop" 201

Notes 203

Bibliography 223

Index 237

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