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NYU Press

In 2006, the contemporary American Pentecostal movement celebrated its 100th birthday. Over that time, its African American sector has been markedly influential, not only vis-à-vis other branches of Pentecostalism but also throughout the Christian church. Black Christians have been integrally involved in every aspect of the Pentecostal movement since its inception and have made significant contributions to its founding as well as the evolution of Pentecostal/charismatic styles of worship, preaching, music, engagement of social issues, and theology. Yet despite its being one of the fastest growing segments of the Black Church, Afro-Pentecostalism has not received the kind of critical attention it deserves.

Afro-Pentecostalism brings together fourteen interdisciplinary scholars to examine different facets of the movement, including its early history, issues of gender, relations with other black denominations, intersections with popular culture, and missionary activities, as well as the movement’s distinctive theology. Bolstered by editorial introductions to each section, the chapters reflect on the state of the movement, chart its trajectories, discuss pertinent issues, and anticipate future developments.

Contributors: Estrelda Y. Alexander, Valerie C. Cooper, David D. Daniels III, Louis B. Gallien, Jr., Clarence E. Hardy III, Dale T. Irvin, Ogbu U. Kalu, Leonard Lovett, Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Cheryl J. Sanders, Craig Scandrett-Leatherman, William C. Turner, Jr., Frederick L. Ware, and Amos Yong

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1 Introduction: Black Tongues of Fire: Afro-Pentecostalism’s Shifting Strategies and Changing Discourses
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. PART I: Origins
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. 2 The Azusa Street Mission and Historic Black Churches: Two Worlds in Conflict in Los Angeles’ African American Community
  2. pp. 21-42
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  1. 3 Navigating the Territory: Early Afro-Pentecostalism as a Movement within Black Civil Society
  2. pp. 43-62
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  1. PART II: Gender and Culture
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. 4 Laying the Foundations for Azusa: Black Women and Public Ministry in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 65-82
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  1. 5 Church Mothers and Pentecostals in the Modern Age
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. 6 Rites of Lynching and Rights of Dance: Historic, Anthropological, and Afro-Pentecostal Perspectives on Black Manhood after 1865
  2. pp. 95-116
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  1. PART III: Prophetic Ethics
  2. pp. 139-140
  1. 8. Pentecostal Ethics and the Prosperity Gospel: Is There a Prophet in the House?
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. 9. Ethics in a Prophetic Mode: Reflections of an Afro-Pentecostal Radical
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. PART IV: Pneumatology
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. 10. Pneumatology: Contributions from African American Christian Thought to the Pentecostal Theological Task
  2. pp. 169-190
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  1. 11. On the Compatibility/Incompatibility of Pentecostal Premillennialism with Black Liberation Theology
  2. pp. 191-206
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  1. PART V: Afro-Pentecostalism in Global Context
  2. pp. 207-208
  1. 12. Black Joseph: Early African American Charismatic Missions and Pentecostal-Charismatic Engagements with the African Motherland
  2. pp. 209-232
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  1. 13. Meeting Beyond These Shores: Black Pentecostalism, Black Theology, and the Global Context
  2. pp. 233-248
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-261
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