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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Bhengu, Nicholas

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Author(s): Mochechane, Steve
Nicholas Bhekinkosi Hepworth Bhengu was born in 1909, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He joined a conglomerate of missionary agencies, the Assemblies of God in South Africa (AGSA) in 1938 (Motshetshane 2016).  He was converted in a tent meeting conducted by Full Gospel missionaries in 1929 in the Kimberley diamond mines of the Northern Cape. Earlier influences include political ideologies in the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) in Natal led by AWG Champion (Hollenweger 1972). In the…
Date: 2021-07-16

Bjørner, Sigurd and Anna Larssen

(827 words)

Author(s): Christensen, Nikolaj
The Bjørners were pioneers of the Pentecostal movement in Denmark and contributed to the spread of the Apostolic Church in Europe. Anna’s fame as a former actress drew international attention to the early Pentecostal movement.Anna Larssen Bjørner (1875–1955; née: Halberg) was born into a cosmopolitan family in Copenhagen with strong connections to the theatre. Anna made her theatrical debut at the age of seven and was soon recognized as a consummate talent. Her father died in 1888 and her mother subsequently sought comfort in th…
Date: 2021-07-16

Bloomfield, Ray

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Author(s): Flett, Linda
Ray Bloomfield  (1924–) began his ministry alongside his father; a dedicated evangelist and preacher at the People’s Worship in Freedom Mission in Auckland, New Zealand. After hearing news of a revival in the United States, his father wrote to discover the reason behind its success. In reply, he received a book by W.V. Grant on the nine spiritual gifts. Together father and son studied and implemented them one by one. Just as the church began to grow, Bloomfield suffered from a serious episode of osteomyelitis. Threatened with amputation, he and his wife, Anthea, prayed for healing. Bloom…
Date: 2021-07-16