PANTWN hUMWN in 1 Cor 14:18

CEP7 at CEP7 at
Thu Aug 24 15:27:31 EDT 2000

In a message dated 8/24/00 11:42:53 AM, emory2002 at writes:

<< According to my count, there are 15 Gentile dialects itemized
in Acts Chapter 2. I believe this is the only "full" definition
of the gift of (Gentile) languages.

I think, then, that Paul, as an apostle, had the gift to
speak all 15. This would certainly make sense, but as an argument
from silence, can not be proved or disproved.

Nevertheless, I would think PANTWN hUMWN could be understood either way.

The sense I get from other passages is that the few believers who were given 
this gift, each would have spoken only 1 of the 15 dialects that Luke 

Supposing there were about 5 to 10 individual house-churches (this is purely 
a random number) in Corinth, I would not see a need (or use) for more than a 
few Gentile dialects. But Paul, able to speak all 15, would then be able to 
speak more than any one believer, or the sum total of all Corinthian 

This is using more reason and logic than strictly B-Greek, but I think it 
provides some a helpful background for working through this issue. >>

This raises a different question than I was asking, but still appropriate. 
Does MALLON refer to the comparative number of languages/tongues that Paul 
and the Corinthians speak or the comparative number of occasions or times 
that they speak in tongues?

Charles Powell, Ph.D.
cep7 at

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