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How many times did the gift of tongues occur in Acts?

This answer relates only to the comprehensible tongues recorded in Acts. It does not relate to the incomprehensible tongues Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 14. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 14:2 […]

When speaking in tongues, do we know what we are saying?

What is speaking in tongues? The speaker utters incoherent sounds whilst in an ecstatic state, often encouraged by emotional repetitious music and chanting. Usually this is believed to be an expression of a Holy Spirit gift. “Glossolalia”, as this is called, has also been experienced by people who have no claim to be Christian, both […]

What does “speaking in tongues” mean?

‘Speaking in tongues’ is a term generally used today for glossalalia, a practice in Pentecostal churches. Glossalalia is not a real language but strings of broken phonemes of languages known, or at least heard by, the speaker. In the New Testament ‘tongues’ (Greek glossai) is simply the normal Greek word for languages. In most incidents […]