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Martin Luther King's Biblical EpicHis Final, Great Speech$
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Keith D. Miller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031083

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031083.001.0001

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A Certain Man Fell among Thieves

A Certain Man Fell among Thieves

King and the Parable of the Good Samaritan

(p.51) Chapter 2 A Certain Man Fell among Thieves
Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic

Keith D. Miller

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Martin Luther King Jr.’s relationship to a group of liberal, largely white Protestant preachers and writers, including George Buttrick, and how he borrowed and adjusted their sermons and commentaries. In particular, it looks at several sermons on the parables that King replayed from Buttrick’s Parables of Jesus, including his explanation of the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the 1963 sermon “On Being a Good Neighbor” and in his final speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” The chapter also discusses the Protestants’ tradition of interpreting the parables of Jesus as well as the use of interpretive commonplaces by King and Buttrick.

Keywords:   sermons, parables, Martin Luther King, George Buttrick, Parables of Jesus, Good Samaritan, Good Neighbor, Jesus, Protestants

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