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Bell, Eudorus Neanderlocked

(27 June 1866–15 June 1923)
  • Edith L. Blumhofer

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Bell, Eudorus Neander (27 June 1866–15 June 1923), first chairman (a position now designated "general superintendent") of the Assemblies of God, first chairman (a position now designated “general superintendent” ) of the Assemblies of God, was born in Lake Butler, Florida, one of twin sons born to George Bell and his wife (name unknown). Bell’s father died in 1868, and scant references to his childhood indicate that the family was not financially secure. He worked his way through Stetson University in De Land, Florida, where he received his B.A. in 1900. After attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, during the academic year 1900–1901, Bell enrolled at the University of Chicago Divinity School where he was awarded the bachelor of divinity degree in 1903. Given his later involvement with Pentecostals who questioned the doctrine of the Trinity, the topic of his thesis merits notice: “The Significance of the Term ‘Son of God’ in Romans and Galatians.” While at the University of Chicago, Bell preached twice each week at the Baptist church in the small town of Chenoa, about 100 miles south of Chicago....

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