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In memory of a scholar, historian, and Man of God.




Dr. Arnold was born on March 24, 1921, in Neodesha, Kansas and was born again in May 1938, at Buchanan, Michigan. After conversion he began to study intensely both the Bible and religious history. In 1942 he entered the U. S. Army Air Corps, serving in Africa, Newfoundland, Canada, and the Azores. When discharged he entered into full time ministry, and ,in time, founded five Apostolic Churches. He entered formal theological training, in time obtaining his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He was awarded the Doctor of Divinity from Pioneer College (Beebe, Arkansas) and the Doctor of Theology from Parkersburg Bible College (Parkersburg, West Virginia).

Dr. Arnold was a recognized historian. Religious history was his main field of expertise. Eighty-eight Oneness Apostolic Christian organizations accepted him as their historian. He was also the founder and Chairman of the Biblical Apostolic Organization.


Dr. Arnold spent the last thirty-three years of his life relentlessly researching and compiling Oneness Apostolic history. His literary works also include, Apostolic History Outline, The Origin and Spread of Man, Pentecost Before Azusa, The Bible, Trinity and Matthew 28:19, and Nicaea and The Nicene Council of AD 325. He incessantly taught that the Upper Room Church of Matthew 16:18 and Acts 2:1-38 had eternal longevity, emphasizing that the Church founded on the Day of Pentecost and original Jerusalemic Apostolic Christianity has been alive and doctrinally intact throughout history. Dr. Arnold proved through diligent research that the Church of Jesus Christ never died or ceased to function, and never digressed to some form requiring "restoration." 

Traveling and studying on-site in biblical and historical locations around the world, Dr. Arnold traveled in Iraq and saw the ruins of Babylon. He visited the hypothesized archaeological ruins of the Tower of Babel in the Shinarian Plains. He researched the Bagdad Museum, the British Museum, and the University Museum of Philadelphia. He traveled in Israel, and visited Qumran, Jordan, and Syria. He traveled Greece and visited Mars Hill and Corinth.

With an Iraqi government guide Dr. Arnold traveled to the city-state ruins of Uruk (Warka) near the Euphrates River. He investigated the preflood city-state ruins of Lagash, Erida, and Ur.


Research led Dr. Arnold to many of the major libraries in the United States as well as employing the help of researchers in the great European libraries at Cologne, Paris, Oxford, Upsala, Berli, and others. In Turkey he researched at Nicaea, where the Nicene Council of AD 325 was held. He visited the interesting sites of Ephesus, Pergamos, Thyatira, Laodicea, and Aphrodisias. He traveled along the Kizilirmak, Ceyhan, and Seyhan Rivers. He visited the Ancient Hittite capitol, Kayseri. 

Dr. Arnold went through these efforts to obtain detailed information pertaining to Apostolic history that transpired during past centuries. His literary works have greatly impacted the Oneness movement, and his legacy has become greatly realized among Jesus' name people world-wide. After an exceptional ministry, Dr. Marvin M. Arnold went home to be with the Lord on November 24, 2001.

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