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Kil, Seon Joo
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Kil Seon Joo (1869–1935), the first pastor of the Presbyterian Seminary, led the Revival Movement of Korea from 1907 and formed the significant phenomena and traditions of Korean Christianity such as early morning prayer, revival conferences, and Bible studies. Before Kil became a Christian, he was deeply occupied by Seondo (an eastern mystical practice) with its spiritual enlightenment and concentration in prayer and meditation, held in the mountains for several months at a time. In 1897, Kil read a copy of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress received from the missionary S.A. …

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Wang, Eunhee Zoe, “Kil, Seon Joo”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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