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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 14, Virtual Item 4, Q356-Philadelphia Sermon (August 1973)

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_14.04


  • Digitized: August, 1973


Summary Note

This 1973 tape was made at the end of a healing service which Jim Jones conducted in Philadelphia during one of Peoples Temple’s tours of the east coast. The tape lasts for less than 30 minutes – a fraction of most of Jones’ services – and even as he performs the last healings, he is arranging for transportation for people to the Temple’s next stop in Washington, D.C. Despite its relatively short length and its main emphasis on healings, the tape is quite complex in Jones’ presentations of his understanding of God, his assumptions of God, and his relationships to Christ. There are contradictory elements of the Christian preacher which Jones began as, the declarations of personal divinity which he increasingly proclaimed, and several steps in between. Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

Rights Statement Note

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Physical Description Note

Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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