Gift of Tongues
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Refers to the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues, especially speaking in a language that one has not learned in order to present the gospel to those who speak the language. For more information, see these articles: Pentecost; Spiritual Gifts.
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Glossolalia Refers to the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues, especially speaking in a language that one has not learned in order to present the gospel to those who speak the language. For more information, see these articles: Pentecost; Spiritual Gifts.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Tongues, Gift of
TONGUES, GIFT OF. Ecstatic utterance associated with possession of the Holy Spirit. With this meaning, the Greek glōssa, which otherwise in the NT refers to the physical tongue (Luke 16:24), speech (1 John 3:18) or human language (Rev 5:9), is found in Mark 16:17; Acts 2:3, 4, 11; 10:46; 19:6; and in
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Tongues, Speaking in
Tongues, Speaking in. Ecstatic phenomenon traditionally associated with religious experiences. It has been practiced through the ages in various religious settings, both Christian and non-Christian, by individuals in private as well as by whole communities. When the apostle Paul mentions the use of tongues
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tongues, Gift of
Tongues, Gift of Cited by Paul as a spiritual gift (Gk. chárisma; see Spiritual Gifts), this phenomenon is most frequently represented in the Greek NT by the noun glṓssa (“tongue”; or by the instrumental glṓssais, “in” or “with tongues”) in combination with the verb laléō (“speak”; cf. Eng. “glossolalia.”)
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Tongues, Speaking in
TONGUES, SPEAKING IN Supernatural manifestation of speech in a language not known to the speaker; the Greek term is glossolalia.Tongues-speaking was first manifested in the early church on the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit filled 120 Christians meeting together. They burst out in praise to
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Tongues, Speaking In
tongues, speaking in (Gk. glossolalia), the act of speaking in a language that is either incomprehensible or at least unknown to the speaker. The phenomenon of speaking in tongues played a prominent role in the life of some early Christian communities.Acts 2 contains a narrative about the events of
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Tongues, Gift of
TONGUES, GIFT OF. This is twice noted as one of the spiritual (charismatic) gifts given to and operative within the church (1 Cor 12:10, 28). It is usually referred to as speaking in tongues, though it is also designated glossolalia (Gr. glōssa, “tongue”; lalein, “to speak”). The chief biblical references
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Tongues, Gift of
TONGUES, GIFT OF. Speaking in tongues, or glossolalia (a 19th-century formation from Gk. glōssa, tongue, and lalia, speech), is a spiritual gift mentioned in Mk. 16:17, rsvmg.; Acts 10:44–46; 19:6, and described in Acts 2:1–13; 1 Cor. 12–14. The same phenomenon may lie behind such passages as 1 Thes.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
TonguesUnlearned languages spoken under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Apart from the reference to “new tongues” in the longer ending of Mark (Mark 16:17), tongues appear in the NT only in Acts and 1 Corinthians. In Acts the writer tells of various groups of believers who spoke in tongues, and in
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Tongues. †The terms “speaking in tongues” and “glossolalia” both arise from Gk. laleín hetérais glṓssais “to speak in other tongues [i.e., languages]” (Acts 2:4) and similar forms used in the New Testament of miraculous ecstatic speech. Ecstatic speech and praise are common to many religions
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
TonguesThe phenomenon called “tongues” is mentioned by Paul only in the catalog of charisms (charismata, “gifts”) found in 1 Corinthians 12:8–10 and in the ensuing discussion regarding its proper use in 1 Corinthians 12–14 (see Gifts of the Spirit).1. Terminology2. The Prevalence of Tongues in the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Tongues, Gift Of
TONGUES, GIFT OF A spiritual or charismatic gift that enables a believer to speak to God in a language other than his own. Tongues first appeared as a manifestation of the Spirit on the first Pentecost, when the apostles began preaching the Gospel in a variety of different languages and dialects (Acts
Key passages
Is 28:11

For he will speak with stammering and another tongue to this people,

Mk 16:17

And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will expel demons, they will speak in new tongues,

Ac 2:4

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability to speak out.

Ac 10:44–46

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who were listening to the message. And those believers from the circumcision who had accompanied Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the …

1 Co 12:7–10

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for what is beneficial to all. For to one is given a word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another a word of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another …

1 Co 14:26–28

Therefore what should you do, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. All things must be done for edification. If anyone speaks in a tongue, it …