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'Can I Get a Witness': The Myth of Pentecostal Orality and the Process of Traditioning in the Psalms

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Though Pentecostalism has traditionally been characterized as oral and narrative in nature, such forces as the adoption of evangelical theology and hermeneutical practices, the socio-economic prospering of western Pentecostals, and a distancing from the root stories and traditions of early Pentecostalism have resulted in a favoring of proof-texting and propositional thinking over biblical narrative and personal testimony. An exploration of the Psalms points to a close relationship between lament and testimony, as well as between worship and testimony. Also, testimony in the Psalter is trans-generational, as the current generation is frequently called upon to testify to those who will follow.

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2011-04-01
2015-04-18

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