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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary

Gift of Tongues

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An ability given to the apostles of readily and intelligibly speaking a variety of languages which they had never learnt. This was a most glorious and important attestation to the Gospel, as well as a suitable, and indeed, in their circumstances, a necessary furniture for the mission for which the apostles and their assistants were designed. Nor is there any reason, with Dr. Middleton, to understand it as merely an occasional gift, so that a person might speak a language most fluently one hour, and be entirely ignorant of it in the next; which neither agrees with what is said of the abuse of it, nor would have been sufficient to answer the end proposed.

See Acts 2:1-47 :

See Gill and Henry in Loc.; Jortin's Remarks, vol. 1: p. 15-21; Essay on the Gift of Tongues; Middleton's Miscel. Works, vol. 2: p. 379; Doddridge's Lect. lec. 141.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Gift of Tongues'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. 1802.

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