Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Healing is a major theme in, and explanation for, the global expansion of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity (or “Pentecostalism”) over the course of the twentieth century. During the famed Azusa Street Revival of 1906 that, in conjunction with similar revivals scattered across the world, spread Pentecostalism globally, claims of divine healing through prayer drew outsiders and inspired missionary zeal. Despite the emphasis that many observers of Pentecostalism give to glossolalia and financial prosperity, the Pew Research Center’s 2006 ten-country survey identified…

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Brown, Candy Gunther, “Healing”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016
First print edition: 20201204

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