When George Whitefield, the Anglican preacher from England, began his first preaching tour of the American colonies in 1739 in Philadelphia, even the largest of churches couldn’t hold the number of people who attended. At times, more than an estimated 30,000 people gathered outside to hear his eloquent orations. Museum of the Bible displays a re-production of George Whitefield’s collapsible field pulpit. With his powerful voice, he often held the attention of audiences numbering in the tens of thousands. His preaching helped ignite the Great Awakening in the 1730s and 40s—what some have called “one of the most formative events in American history.” Whitefield is quoted saying, “I got more knowledge from reading the Book of God in one month . . . than all the writings of men.”
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