PentecoStudies https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT <p><em>PentecoStudies</em> offers a distinctly interdisciplinary forum for the study of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Authors from the social sciences, the humanities, cultural studies, religious studies and theology are all welcome. <a href="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/about">Read more about this journal.</a></p> en-US <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> joerg.haustein@soas.ac.uk (Jörg Haustein) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Wed, 27 Jul 2022 22:14:24 +0000 OJS 3.3.0.11 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 BURGESS, Richard. Nigerian Pentecostalism and Development: Spirit, Power, and Transformation. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22935 <p>BURGESS, Richard. Nigerian Pentecostalism and Development: Spirit, Power, and Transformation. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020. xiii + 249pp. Hbk. ISBN: 9781315167299. £96.00.</p> Sarbeswar Sahoo Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22935 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 IRELAND, Daryl R. John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22936 <p>IRELAND, Daryl R. John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2020. xix + 248 pp. Hbk. ISBN: 9781481312707. £36.</p> Allan H Anderson Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22936 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 ROBECK, John Mark. Towards a Pentecostal Theology of Praxis: A Case Study. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22937 <p>ROBECK, John Mark. Towards a Pentecostal Theology of Praxis: A Case Study. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2021. 182pp. Hbk. ISBN: 9781978710382. £79.</p> Claire Princess Ayelotan Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22937 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 TUPPURAINEN, Riku P. (ed.). Reading St. Luke’s Text and Theology: Pentecostal Voices. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22938 <p>TUPPURAINEN, Riku P. (ed.). Reading St. Luke’s Text and Theology: Pentecostal Voices. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2019. xxxiii + 316pp. Pbk. ISBN: 9781532619847. $41.</p> Michael Blythe Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22938 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 WARIBOKO, Nimi. The Pentecostal Hypothesis: Christ Talks, They Decide. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22939 <p>WARIBOKO, Nimi. The Pentecostal Hypothesis: Christ Talks, They Decide. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020. 184pp. Pbk. ISBN: 9781725254510. £19.</p> Benson Ohihon Igboin Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22939 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 The Origins of the Pentecostal Movement in Iran https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/20001 <p>This article aims at providing an analysis of the roots and the early development of the Pentecostal movement among the Assyrians in Iran. It is focused on the autobiographical narratives delivered by Andrew Urshan, Benjamin Alexander and Thomas Nasseri. Although produced in different times and for different purposes, their narratives refer to the beginnings of Pentecostalism on the Iranian soil. The description of the spread of the Pentecostal ideas provided in the narratives has been contextualized in reference to the social and political changes occurring in Iran at the beginning of the twentieth century, before and during the First World War. Special attention has been paid to the migratory experiences of the early Assyrian Pentecostals as well as to the transformation of the Church of the East tradition. The article discusses the problem of cultural adaptation of Pentecostalism among Assyrians and emphasizes the fact that the movement was perceived as a factor for unifying the whole Assyrian community. This is mainly due to the fact that the movement was initiated and narrated by native Assyrian Christians rather than American missionaries. This makes Iranian Pentecostalism a rather special case in the Pentecostal history of the non-Western world.</p> Marcin Rzepka Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/20001 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Virtual Mediation of the Holy Spirit https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/19914 <p>This article explores the prospect for an academic account of digital Pentecostalism given the propensity that Pentecostals have towards the use of modern technology. It uses a recent Roman Catholic discussion of “virtual communion” as a point of departure and aims to transpose the discussion into a Pentecostal key. Using the concept of the mediation of the Holy Spirit as a bridge between the two traditions it considers the transposition of virtual communion, virtual logic and remediation, as well as the internet as an ancillary or alternative space. The intention of the article is not to offer a definitive account but to develop a conversation around digitally mediated Pentecostalism. This is a conversation that has already started but, in light of a greater dependency on internet communication due to Covid-19, invites more sustained attention.</p> Mark J Cartledge Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/19914 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Dreams, Visions and the African Melodrama https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22455 <p>Pentecostal films in Africa have gained the attention of humanitarians concerned with the societal effects of witchcraft preoccupation. As well, they are of interest to anthropologists examining Spirit movements. Humanitarians address the ethical problem perceived in the Pentecostal melodrama and its narratives, while anthropologists and proponents of religious studies focus on the social and technological aspects of Pentecostal filmmaking and the discourses produced by these films within the religious landscape. This essay brings another avenue of exploration. It supplements the anthropological approach by exploring the Pentecostal narratives found at the interface of cinematography and Pentecostal epistemology for their theological substance. It is argued here that the Pentecostal melodrama is not only unique for how it serves as an epistemological technique for “piercing the veil” to expose the true state of things. It is also unique for how its narratives, themselves, are often products of a similar piercing, that is, of the dream or vision experience which visioners experience as the phenomenon of piercing the veil beyond the mundane to the noumenal. Referencing data drawn from recent dream research, this article explores the interpretive processes inherent to Pentecostal mediation of the seen and unseen, the role of prayer in that process and the suggestion that cinematography embodies the liturgical expression of a distinct Pentecostal epistemology.</p> Anna Droll Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22455 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Pentecostal Lyrical Theology in Dialogue with Lutherans on Water Baptism https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/20211 <p>Lutheran–Pentecostal dialogue has devoted significant attention to water baptism. Much of this reflection, however, has been encumbered by a lack of developed scholarly attention given to baptism among Pentecostals. Pentecostal language of ordinance and symbolism has even led Lutherans to critique Pentecostal baptismal theology as anthropocentric and anaemic. To correct this misunderstanding, I study a Pentecostal baptismal hymn – Brooke and Scott Ligertwood’s “Beneath the Waters (I Will Rise)” – as an alternative entry point into Pentecostal baptismal theology. The analysis demonstrates that the testimonial dimension of baptism presumes a recognition of divine work in the rite. The baptizand encounters Christ and is brought into a deeper participation in his death and resurrection. This understanding of Pentecostal baptismal theology advances dialogue with Lutherans by clarifying Pentecostal rhetoric and revealing more insightful questions into the tensions between the two traditions.</p> Josiah Baker Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/20211 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Editorial https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22934 Jörg Haustein Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/22934 Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000