William Marrion Branham: A Study of the Prophetic in American Pentecostalism

The Healer-Prophet, William Marrion Branham: A Study of the Prophetic in American Pentecostalism

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01If you have ever considered reading material around the late William M. Branham, you’ll not be frustrated. What might raise the ire may be the lack of material lacking any apologetic interest: the article author is usually a disciple or possibly a former follower.

While he might preach not, the legacy William Branham still provokes two responses: adulation or revulsion. As the other reviewers show, Branham’s words continue to have the power to spark.

Weaver’s analysis does several important matters:
1) Contextualizes Branham within American Pentecostalism: As one other reviewer shows, followers may bristle at any claims that produce Branham in a historical type (Pentecostal, Healer, etc.). But such analysis is important to understand Branham’s claims along with the culture where he arises.
2) Traces developments within Branham’s teachings: Branham’s tenuous relationship towards the mainstream is the reason for an increasingly eccentric body of teachings. Weaver shows how alterations in culture, economics, and demographics led (partly) to Branham’s increasingly apocalyptic visions, his late aspersions towards denominations, along with a legion of would-be successors. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Healer-Prophet, William Marrion Branham: A Study of the Prophetic in American Pentecostalism

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06If you have ever searched into reading material for the late William M. Branham, you simply won’t be frustrated. What might lift up your ire may be the lack of material with no apologetic interest: the article author is usually a disciple or even a former follower.

While he might preach no more, the legacy William Branham still provokes two responses: adulation or revulsion. As the other reviewers show, Branham’s words still the power to spark.

Weaver’s analysis does several significant things:
1) Contextualizes Branham within American Pentecostalism: As one other reviewer shows, followers may bristle at any claims that produce Branham to a historical type (Pentecostal, Healer, etc.). But such analysis is essential to understand Branham’s claims plus the culture by which he arises.
2) Traces developments within Branham’s teachings: Branham’s tenuous relationship for the mainstream is the reason for an increasingly eccentric body of teachings. Weaver shows how adjustments to culture, economics, and demographics led (simply) to Branham’s increasingly apocalyptic visions, his late aspersions towards denominations, plus a legion of would-be successors. Read the rest of this entry »