Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Associate Editors: Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson

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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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Author(s): Austin-Broos, Diane J.
Pentecostal evangelism in the Caribbean and Jamaica, particularly, commenced in earnest in the second decade of the twentieth century. It followed in a sequence of similar initiatives involving Jamaicans and churches located on the east coast or in the mid-west of the United States. Around 1891, missionaries of the Adventist church were invited to Jamaica. There followed, in 1907, a similar invitation to a Holiness church based in Indiana to send missionaries following a destructive earthquake i…
Date: 2021-07-16

Jeffreys, George

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Author(s): Kay, William K.
George Jeffreys (1889–1962) healing evangelist, revivalist and founder of the Elim Pentecostal Church was born to a coal mining family in Maesteg, South Wales, in 1889. George and Stephen, his older brother (1876–1943), attended Siloh Independent Chapel. More dramatic and more formative than ordinary church-going was the Welsh Revival of 1904–05 during which Stephen and George were converted.After leaving school at the age of 12 George worked, like Stephen, in the coal mines. At first the brothers were opposed to Pentecostalism but, when Edward, Step…
Date: 2021-07-16

Jesus Family Church, China

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Author(s): Tao, Fei Ya
Jesus Family was an indigenous church founded by Jing Dianying (敬奠瀛; 1890–1957) in 1921 in Mazhung, Shandong province, China. He received traditional Confucian education from his father, then embraced Taoism as a teenager. He converted to Christianity in 1914 while attending a missionary school and teaching the Chinese language to a Methodist missionary, Nora Dillenbeck. Eventually, he became a Pentecostal.Jing’s idea to build up a novel Christian organization not only originated from religious reasons, but also from his concern with the rural problems …
Date: 2021-07-16

Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide, Philippines

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Author(s): Maltese, Giovanni
Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide, popularly known as Jesus is Lord Church (JIL), is one of the most visible Christian groups in the Philippines. JIL claims to have a constituency of more than four million both at home and in fifty-five other countries, including large branches in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Italy as well as North America and Australia. JIL-founder, Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Cruz Villanueva, a member of the House of Representative since 2019, is arguably among the country’s five most influential spiritual leaders.As owner of a broadcasting network (Zoe TV) and a rec…
Date: 2021-07-16

Jesus People Movement

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Author(s): Huey, Keith
The Jesus People movment is a diverse and dynamic Christian phenomenon that arose in the late 1960s, attracting widespread attention across the United States. The Jesus People, also known as “Jesus freaks,” never had a singular founder or place of origin, and were never centralized. Nonetheless, their earliest expressions were certainly located on the West Coast, especially in California: early examples include the Christian World Liberation Front, led by Jack Sparks in Berkeley, and Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel in Santa Ana. Beginning in 1969, publications such as Right On! And the H…
Date: 2021-07-16