- Unknown Binding: 22 pages
- Publisher: Dietz (1908)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0007HBO4C
- Package Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,246,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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De sun do move: The celebrated sermon of John J. Jasper
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Reader stay a moment! A word before you read the following pages, because you-if you are not an octogenerian-never heard John Jasper in his pulpit.
No doubt, you have heard about him, and particularly the most celebrated of his sermons, but the chances are you never read a line that he "preached", and yet his reputation was as wide as that of the late "Justice John" (The Virginia Judge) who followed Jasper by nearly a generation.
Jasper, like most celebrities, was one of a class without successors, excpet the innumerable Negro ministers tried without success to affect his ways. Raised in bondage during the ante bellum days, unlettered and ungrammatical, the son of Africa never lost-not to his dying day-the manners and tastes of the old South.
On the pulpit, the Reverend gave an exhibition in a torrent of language that has never been equalled. His gestures were beyond description while circling the pulpit-laughing, singing, shouting and crying. In spite of these irreverent actions, he was puring out to a spellbound congregation a red hot sermon, full of love, tenderness, tears and bitterness. Jasper embodied the hearts, the minds and the emotions of those who heard him but once. And thus, in later life, he became a sensation as a national lecturer.
His celebrated sermon "De Sun Do Move" was a scientific absurdity, but Jasper summoned his Bible as witness that the earth was flat and that the sun rotated. To drive home his point and to substantiate his sermon he ransacked the Good Book, plucking passages as he found them, and literally proved his position. His love of the Bible, his pure honesty, his devout faith and unyielding courage drew to him the respect and admiration of thousands. Few ever left the pews of the Sixth Mount Zion Church in Richmind who were not wholly or partially convinced-even the skeptics-that perhaps "Reverend Jasper had something."
And the Reverend did "have something"-even if in a modest degree that something is now perpetuated in book form-the most popular of his sermons "De Sun Do Move." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
John J. Jasper was born a slave on July 4, 1812 on Peachy Plantation in Fluvanna County, Virginia, the yougest of 24 children. His father, a preacher had prophesied that his last child would become a great minister. Jasper was converted to Christianity and secretly learned to read. He studied the Bible and was soon preaching the Sciptures. In 1867 Jasper joined 10 friends to create the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church. Reverend Jasper preached De Sun Do Move more than 250 times, including one before the Virginia General Assembly. It is known that Jasper married four times and fathered at least seven children with his second wife. He sadly passed away on March 28, 1901, at age 89. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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