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The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements


Stanley M. Burgess and Eduard M. van der Maas, eds., The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, Revised and expanded edition (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), 1278 + xxxi pages.

Growing up in a non-charismatic Christian home, I knew little about the history of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement. For this reason, the original Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Stanley M. Burgess, Gary B. McGee, and Patrick H. Alexander. Zondervan, 1988) was a valuable addition to my library from the moment I received my first copy. On numerous occasions I would go to the only consistent and objective source I had for information about Pentecostal leaders, the particular teachings of a movement, or even the articles on the charismata.

That original reference work is now even better. The emphasis on North American Pentecostal/charismatic movements has been broadened to take in leaders, ministries, and history of Pentecostals and charismatics worldwide. The global survey section introduces the birth and growth of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement in specific nations or regions of the world. Included in this survey are demographics and brief articles detailing the history of the nation or region. Following this are up-to-date statistics detailing the current state of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement worldwide in 102 categories. There are new articles and pictures throughout the dictionary, now totaling 1000 articles and over 500 photos and illustrations. An extensive index covers the dictionary, and the articles are cross-referenced to other articles throughout.

This dictionary is the definitive resource for anyone wanting to know more about the Pentecostal/charismatic movement today or where it came from. No ministry leader that desires to interact with other charismatics or Pentecostals beyond his own fellowship should be without this reference.

Reviewed by Raul Mock


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Category: Church History, Winter 2003

About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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