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Collection 543 Oral History Interviews with Larry Goldberg

Identifier: CN 543

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Larry Goldberg, in which he decribes his childhood and youth in a traditional Jewish family, conversion, spiritual growth, education, evangelism among Chicago Jews, joining Operation Mobilization, evangelism in Israel and attempts to expel him from the country, evangelistic outreach in Austria, inter-personal conflict, Jewish perceptions and reactions to evangelism, evangelism methods, charismatic issues, divisive missionary couple, the church in Israel, Jews for Jesus in Israel, conflict among Messianic congregations, his court case to gain Israeli citizenship, laws affecting evangelism, need in Israel for Christian psychologists and his training at Wheaton College, evangelism within his vocation. The time period covered by the interviews is ca. 1945 to 1997.

Larry Goldberg was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on February 21, April 11 and 25, 1997.


  • Created: 1997

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Lawrence Duane Goldberg

Birth Date: September 26, 1945, in Baltimore, Maryland


Parents: Frank and Edith Shipley Goldberg

Siblings: three older brothers, a twin sister, one younger brother

Marital Status: Married Eila Ellen in August 1966

Children: Hannah (1967), Esther (1970), Uriel (1973), Daniel (1975)

Conversion: 1964 through witness and influence of his brother


1963-1964 - Tusculum College

1964-1965 - Moody Bible Institute, General Bible

1968-1973 - Ben Gurion University of the Negev, BA in Behavioral Sciences

1995-1997 - Wheaton College Graduate School, Clinical Psychology


1965 - Co-leader of Operation Mobilization summer team in Austria

1965-1967 - Operation Mobilization team one-year project in Israel

1968-1970 - Operation Mobilization team in Israel

1970 - present Involved as a "tentmaking missionary" in evangelism and church ministry

1972-1978 - Dead Sea Periclase Ltd. as clerk, supervisor and personnel manager

1978 - present Bromine Compounds Ltd. in various personnel and human resources position

Other Significant Information:

Raised in a traditional Jewish family; 1968 Emigrated to Israel; 1974 Granted permanent residency by Israel.


6.00 Audio Tapes

260 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Larry Goldberg in February and April 1997.

Accession: 97-5, 97-24, 97-32

May 9, 1997

Paul A. Ericksen

Collection 543 Oral History Interviews with Larry Goldberg
Paul Ericksen
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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Wheaton IL 60187 US