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John Alexander Dowie

John Alexander Dowie

  The Pentecostal movement and Pentecostal theology has been known for a ministry of divine healing. Donald Dayton lists four cornerstones doctrines in Pentecostal theology. Among them is the doctrine of divine healing.1 The practice of divine healing did not enter into the ministry of Pentecostals by some emotional meeting under a canvas tent. Historically, […]

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Meir Ben-Dov: Historical Atlas of Jerusalem

Meir Ben-Dov: Historical Atlas of Jerusalem

Meir Ben-Dov, Historical Atlas of Jerusalem (Continuum, 2002), xvi + 400 pages. Israel continues to be a land of archeological discovery as yearly excavations unearth more and more of her past. The Historical Atlas of Jerusalem, written by one of Israel’s preeminent archeologists, takes you on an epoch-by-epoch exploration of the city where God chose […]

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Spiritual Ecstasy: Israeli Spirituality in the Days of Jesus the Messiah, by Kevin Williams

Spiritual Ecstasy: Israeli Spirituality in the Days of Jesus the Messiah, by Kevin Williams

Were Pharisees opposed to anything supernatural? [Author’s Note: The following text is neither an endorsement nor a censure of Jewish mysticism as practiced today or during the biblical era. Rather, it is an attempt to present the facts of a multi-faceted and ancient religious philosophy in a short, manageable format for the Pneuma Review.]   […]

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Ivor Davidson: The Birth of the Church

Ivor Davidson: The Birth of the Church

Ivor J. Davidson, The Birth of the Church: From Jesus to Constantine, A.D. 30-312. The Baker History of the Church, Vol. 1. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004), 400 pages. Books on the rise and growth of the early church abound, focusing on various personalities and emphases. Do we need additional volumes to add to this library? […]

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Michael Satlow: Jewish Marriage in Antiquity

Michael Satlow: Jewish Marriage in Antiquity

  Michael L. Satlow, Jewish Marriage in Antiquity (Princeton University Press, 2001), 434 pages. Without question, we can all agree that marriage between man and woman was established and ordained by God very early after the creation account. Throughout the Bible, men take wives, marriages are arranged, and men and women fall in love. But […]

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Vinson Synan: 2000 Years of Prophetic Ministry

Vinson Synan: 2000 Years of Prophetic Ministry

  Vinson Synan, “2000 Years of Prophetic Ministry: Read the Stories Behind the Gift” Ministries Today (Sep/Oct, 2004), pages 24-28. Vinson Synan, perhaps the leading historian of the modern Pentecostal movement, presents a two part review of the place prophecy has held in the church. The “centuries of suppression” lasted for about 1900 years, and […]

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Timothy Yates: The Expansion of Christianity

Timothy Yates: The Expansion of Christianity

  Timothy Yates, The Expansion of Christianity (Inter Varsity Press, 2004), 190 pages, ISBN 9780830823581. I learned long ago that the IVP produces quality, well written publications and Yates’ book, though small in size, is no exception. Yates is and for years was an Anglican Priest who taught at University levels and his view of […]

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Larry Martin: The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour

Larry Martin: The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour

  Larry Martin, The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour: and a history of the Azusa Street Revival (Joplin, MO: Christian Life Books, 1999), 384 pages, ISBN 9780964628946. Dr. Larry Martin’s book The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour is a valuable contribution to Pentecostal studies as the first volume in his series […]

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Richard Longenecker: Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today

Richard Longenecker: Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today

  Richard N. Longenecker, ed., Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2002), 251 + xix pages, ISBN 9780801046964. The new believer is not likely to progress far in his or her spiritual walk before coming across someone calling the church today to return to our New […]

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Across the Lines: Charles Parham’s Contribution to the Inter-Racial Character of Early Pentecostalism, by Eddie Hyatt

Across the Lines: Charles Parham’s Contribution to the Inter-Racial Character of Early Pentecostalism, by Eddie Hyatt

With comments by Pauline Parham, daughter-in-law of Charles Parham, who passed away at the age of 94 on December 22, 2003 He has been called a “rabid racist” and a “white supremacist.” He has been vilified as the progenitor of racial prejudice in the Pentecostal movement. Some believe that any traces of racism among modern […]

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Douglas Jacobsen: Thinking in the Spirit, reviewed by Amos Yong

Douglas Jacobsen: Thinking in the Spirit, reviewed by Amos Yong

  Douglas Jacobsen, Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2003), xvi + 418 pages, ISBN 9780253343208. This is a book long overdue, and places us all in debt to Douglas Jacobsen, Distinguished Professor of Church History and Theology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. While […]

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James Goff and Grant Wacker: Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders

James Goff and Grant Wacker: Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders

  James R. Goff Jr. and Grant Wacker, eds., Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders (Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 430 pages. The introduction to this book tells us that no real compelling interest existed in the 20 people whose lives are described therein for the first 50 years of the 20th […]

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Paul L. King: The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Paul L. King: The Christian and Missionary Alliance

  Paul L. King, “The Christian and Missionary Alliance: Higher Life Movement of Missions, Holiness, and Healing” Refleks: med karismatisk kristendom i fokus 2-1 (2003), pages 21-30. Professor King introduces readers to A. B. Simpson and the Christian and Missionary Alliance in this Finnish and English journal of theology and Pentecostal/charismatic history. This article explains […]

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Highlights from Urbana 2003

Highlights from Urbana 2003

First Nations leader Richard Twiss reports on a powerful Urbana conference he was part of in December. Urbana is the largest missions conference in the world. It is convened every three years in Urbana, IL, on the campus of University of Illinois. It is a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. This past December, at Urbana […]

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