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the gift of tongues

The ability to speak foreign languages one has never learned, one of the miracles of the Holy Spirit. The Vatican is sending a team of priests fluent in over 30 languages to investigate whether a woman truly has the gift of tongues.
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the gift of tongues

the power of speaking in unknown languages, regarded as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
When the disciples of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit after Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4), the gift of tongues was one of the ways in which this phenomenon manifested itself; compare with speak in tongues (at speak).
See also: gift, of, tongue
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In the context of Bede's commentary, this is presented according to the traditional interpretation which sees the Pentecostal gift of tongues as a recovery of "Unitatem linguarum quam superbia Babylonis disperserat," [the unity of languages which the pride of Babylon shattered].
He lifts up the late nineteenth-century Anglo-American "faith missions" that crossed confessional boundaries and nurtured expectations for a worldwide revival and the teachings of Charles Fox Parham regarding the missionary purpose of the gift of tongues as two important streams.
In her lead essay Edith Blumhofer tells how--in the wake of Azusa Street and similar, concurrent revivals one hundred years ago--early American Pentecostals were convinced that the gift of tongues was God's way of enabling them to preach the Gospel in the mother tongues of peoples all over the world, without the time-consuming labor of actually learning another language.
The Catholic, Heribert Muhlen called the gift of tongues in Pentecostalism a "substitute sacrament".
I had been told I might receive the gift of tongues, but I did not and I was glad.
And he begins this chapter by pointing out how the gift of tongues is actually dividing the community instead of being a Spirit-given help to benefit all its members.
Joseph Smale, "The Gift of Tongues," Living Truth, January 1907, p.
Rather than allowing the full variety of spiritual gifts to be experienced and used in the community, the gift of tongues had overtaken and pushed aside all other gifts.
He specifically referred to the notion that gospel preaching should be "attended by some remarkable signs corresponding to the tongues of fire upon the heads of the disciples, and accompanied with some unusual power of utterance like the gift of tongues.
With their emphasis on the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and especially the gift of tongues well beyond the apostolic age, they represent another example of creative Protestant reinterpretation of the Bible.
Combined with contributing editor Gary McGee's intriguing article on missionaries and the gift of tongues, along with a number of book reviews dealing with Africa, the editors believe that this issue of the BULLETIN will fascinate the general reader and serve researchers of African Christianity for years to come.
Lawrence, writing in 1895 after a twenty-month tour of the missions, "Some have been disposed to pray for the gift of tongues.
They retain their literal belief in the Bible and a personal baptism in the Holy Spirit that often manifests itself in the charismatic gift of tongues.