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Speaking in Tongues: A Critical Historical Examination, Volume 2 (Paperback)

Speaking in Tongues: A Critical Historical Examination, Volume 2 By Philip E. Blosser, Charles A. Sullivan, Randall B. Smith (Foreword by) Cover Image
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In three carefully researched volumes, this ground-breaking study examines the gift of tongues through two thousand years of church history. Starting in the present and working back in time, these volumes consider (1) the modern redefinition of ""tongues"" as a private prayer language; (2) the church's perennial understanding of ""tongues"" as ordinary human languages; and (3) the Corinthian ""tongues,"" which, in light of Jewish liturgical tradition, turn out to have been a Semitic liturgical language requiring bilingual interpreters. This second volume tracks the perception and practice of tongues back through the first eighteen hundred years of church history, demonstrating that ""tongue-speaking"" was always active but puzzlingly different from today's glossolalia. From Pope Benedict XIV's detailed treatise in the 1700s, it works back through long-forgotten scholastic and patristic debates to the earliest Christian writers such as Irenaeus. No other resource on the subject approaches the depth and scope of the present volume.

About the Author

Philip Blosser is professor of philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit). Charles A. Sullivan is an independent scholar and linguist with interests in church history.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781666737783
ISBN-10: 166673778X
Publisher: Pickwick Publications
Publication Date: August 21st, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English

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