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Roberts, Granville “Oral” (1918–2009)

  1. Jeffrey S. Lamp

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1175

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Lamp, J. S. 2011. Roberts, Granville “Oral” (1918–2009). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Granville “Oral” Roberts was born in Bebee, Oklahoma, the youngest of five children, to Reverend Ellis, a Pentecostal Holiness preacher, and Claudia. Two features of his early life helped shape the theological emphases that would characterize his teaching. First, he was raised in poverty in a pastor's home; second, in 1935, he was miraculously healed of tuberculosis and stuttering. This background, in conjunction with his interpretation of 3 John 2, led to the conviction that God desired Christians to live in divine prosperity and health.


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