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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Apostles, Apostolic Ministry

(1,547 words)

Author(s): McClymond, Michael
The so-called apostolic movement, apostolic-prophetic movement, or New Apostolic Reformation, has grown since the 1990s from small beginnings among pentecostal and charismatic Christians to become a significant factor in World Christianity. Demographers Todd Johnson and Gina Zurlo (2019, 934–5) estimated that some 44 million Christians belonged to “apostolic churches,” defined as “pentecostal” communities stressing a “complex hierarchy of living apostles, prophets and other charismatic officials…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Saracco, Norberto
The arrival of the first Pentecostal witness to Argentina occurred on 9 October 1909, when Louis Francescon, Giacomo Lombardi, and Lucía Menna arrived at the port of Buenos Aires from Chicago. Louis Francescon had founded the First Italian Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He had received the baptism in the Holy Spirit in the church of W.H. Durham and moved by a deep sense of mission to the Italian people went to Buenos Aires and contacted some families, but beyond some charismatic experiences, this first group was n…
Date: 2021-07-16

Argue, Zelma

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Author(s): Ambrose, Linda M.
Zelma Argue (1900–1980) was a Canadian evangelist, musician, pastor and writer. The eldest daughter of Eva and A.H. Argue of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was raised in a Pentecostal household after her father’s baptism in the Holy Spirit in Chicago in 1907. The Argue family was well-known in North American Pentecostal circles, because of their travelling ministry and their leadership ties to William Durham, Aimee Semple McPherson, Maria Woodworth-Etter, and Charles S. Price, among others. As young ad…
Date: 2021-07-16


(1,951 words)

Author(s): Au, Connie | Crace, Benjamin
Pentecostalism has undergone vibrant growth in some areas of Asia at the end of the twentieth century, while in others it remains infertile. Both its growth and stagnancy deserve scholarly attention. This article will provide an overview of Pentecostalism in Asia from historical and sociological views in three sections. The first section includes East, Southeast, and South Asia, which share political, economic, and religious commonalities. The second section will focus on Central Asia and the third one on West Asia.East Asia includes China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mongol…
Date: 2021-07-16

Assemblies of God, USA

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Author(s): Melton, John Gordon
The American phase of the Pentecostal movement emerged within the Wesleyan Holiness movement, characterized by a belief in sanctification as a second critical event that followed justification in the believers’ life. Holiness Pentecostals believed that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was a third critical event that followed sanctification. This understanding of the Christian pilgrimage was challenged by William H. Durham who in 1910 introduced the “Finished Work” perspective, reflecting his Calvinist theological background, and who suggested that the baptism of the Holy Spi…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Hutchinson, Mark
Australia is a highly plural, secularized federal Western democracy on the southern rim of the Asia-Pacific. It has a relatively small population (26 million) spread across a vast but largely uninhabitable landmass (and attendant islands). From 1788, British colonization over traditional Aboriginal land decisively shaped the first 160 years of religious culture, with ‘the Big Four’ traditions (Anglicanism, Catholicism, Methodism and Presbyterianism) dominating. Australia was thus an early recipi…
Date: 2021-08-17