Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Executive Editor: Michael Wilkinson
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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Nee, Watchman (Ni, Tuosheng )

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Author(s): Chang, Paul
Watchman Nee (Ni Tuosheng; 1903–1972) was a writer, church founder, and independent minister who was one of the most influential Christian leaders in Chinese Christianity. Nee synthesized and re-shaped key concepts in almost every area of Christian thought and practice, including the Bible, the Trinity, human nature, the church, ethics, and authority. He laid the foundation for Chinese theological discussion for generations. At the same time, Nee’s accessible wr…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): McClymond, Michael
From a century’s retrospect, the global Pentecostal-Charismatic movement displays a complex pattern, rendering it difficult to settle on an adequate taxonomy and terminology (Anderson 2010). Until recently, Pentecostal-Charismatic historiography was largely based on North American developments. The twentieth-century history was thought to fall into three phases—(1) a “Pentecostal” era (later called “classical Pentecostal”), beg…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Klaver, Miranda
The history of Pentecostalism in the Netherlands displays the importance of transnational ties and influences from its early beginnings in 1907. The small Pentecostal movement until the …
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Christerson, Brad
In the last three decades, the advent of digital communications technologies has created new ways for leaders of all types (religious, political, business) to organize people around a common goal. The ability of people and groups to communicate easily and quickly over great distances has increased the capacity of networks …
Date: 2021-07-16

New Zealand

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Author(s): Frost, Michael
Pentecostalism in New Zealand is a diverse movement, shaped by both global processes and local particularities. Classical Pentecostalism in New Zealand is most often traced to the visits of British healing evangelist Smith Wigglesworth in 1922 and 1924, although the success of the Wigglesworth campaigns did not occur in a vacuum. Rather, there was a convergence of several factors including revivalist sentiments shaped by the Great Awakening, the influence of the Keswick movement and holiness tra…
Date: 2021-08-17