Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online (BEGP) provides a comprehensive overview of worldwide Pentecostalism from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It offers analysis at the level of specific countries and regions, historical figures, movements and organizations, and particular topics and themes. Pentecostal Studies draws upon areas of research such as anthropology, biblical studies, economics, gender studies, global studies, history, political science, sociology, theological studies, and other areas of related interest. The BEGP emphasizes this multi-disciplinary approach and includes scholarship from a range of disciplines, methods, and theoretical perspectives. Moreover, the BEGP is cross-cultural and transnational, including contributors from around the world to represent key insights on Pentecostalism from a range of countries and regions.

Providing summaries of the key literature, the BEGP will be the standard reference for Pentecostal Studies. All articles are fully text searchable and cross-referenced, with bibliographic information on scholarly work and recommendations for further reading.

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Abraham, K.E.

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Author(s): Samuel, Joy
K.E. Abraham was born to a Christian family on March 1, 1899 near Puthencavu, Chengannoor, Kerala. His parents were pious Christians and regularly participated in Christian activities. Thus, he grew up in a Christian atmosphere that shaped his calling of serving Jesus Christ. Hailing from a poor family, Abraham pursued his studies to earn his living as a school teacher. He did not continue his secular profession for long as he obeyed the calling of full-time ministry. Abraham was the disciple of a well-known Christian poet K.V. Simon of the Brethren Church in Kerala, South India. Sim…
Date: 2021-07-16

Abrams, Minnie

(896 words)

Author(s): Lukose, Wessly
Minnie F. Abrams (1859–1912)  was one of the most influential North American female missionaries to India, who became Pentecostal while there. She was born in Lawrenceville, Wisconsin, and grew up in Minnesota. Dreaming to become a teacher, she studied at the University of Minnesota. However, she was motivated by the life of Fidelia Fiske, a missionary educator, and dedicated her life for overseas missions. She then attended the Chicago Training School for City, Home and Foreign Missions.In 1887 Abrams came to Bombay (now Mumbai), India as a missionary of Women’s Foreign Miss…
Date: 2021-07-16

Adams, John Archibald Duncan

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Author(s): Hutchinson, Mark
John Archibald Duncan Adams, 5 April 1844, Lessudden, Roxburgh, Scotland–8 Oct 1936, Dunedin, New Zealand. Second of 13 children born to Irish-born tailor, John James Adams (1818–1894), and his wife Elizabeth Ann nee Noble, John A. D. Adams emigrated from Scotland with his parents in 1848 to New Zealand as part of the first wave of settlers in the new Otago settlement. Farmers and labourers, in 1864 they sold their Taieri Beach farm and returned to Dunedin. Though Scots Baptists, many of the Adams children w…
Date: 2021-07-16

Aesthetics and Art

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Author(s): Félix-Jäger, Steven
Pentecostals around the world have a paradoxical relationship with visual art. While Pentecostals and Charismatics are known for incorporating embodied expressions of the arts in liturgical worship services, they have historically veered away from a broader cultural engagement with visual art. As such, Pentecostals and Charismatics have developed a pragmatic approach to art that focuses on function rather than intrinsic qualities. Nevertheless, Pentecostals have made global contributions to the fields of visual art, especially how it pertains to its liturgical use.The stron…
Date: 2021-07-16


(2,698 words)

Author(s): Asamoah-Gyadu, J. Kwabena
The rise, growth, and expansion of Pentecostalism is one of the key religious developments to occur within Christianity in post-missionary Africa. Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity is best defined through its core religious emphases of movements that in biblical fashion, aim to value, affirm and consciously covet and promote the experience of the Holy Spirit as normative to Christian spirituality. It is this experiential emphasis on encounters with the Holy Spirit that differentiates Pentecos…
Date: 2021-07-16

Aglow International

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Author(s): Garcia, Yvette D.
Aglow International is a women’s parachurch organization in Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity. The organization began in the context of the charismatic movement of the 1950s and 1960s by four wives of significant leaders of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship, an organization founded in 1953 to address the lack of male participation in religious revivals. Aglow began in 1967 under the name of the Full Gospel Women’s Fellowship (FGWF). It holds international conferences, retreats, and has…
Date: 2021-07-16