PANTWN hUMWN in 1 Cor 14:18

Maurice A. O'Sullivan mauros at
Fri Aug 25 12:29:14 EDT 2000

At 15:41 25/08/00, Mark Wilson wrote:

>However, I do note that in 1 Cor 14, some Corinthians had manufactured 
>their own "gift of tongues,"

You might like to note this comment in EDNT  [ Balz, Horst, and Gerhard 
Schneider. Eds. Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament. 3 vols. Grand 
Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990.]

"  ..... indicate that the technical usage of GLWSSA is derived from the 
meaning _language_. The characterization of the gift as "speaking in 
tongues" which is common in older translations and studies, is thus 
inappropriate and misleading. The best translation is _language_ or the 
verb phrase _speak languages_ or _speak in a language_ ; we may designate 
the charisma _ the gift of language_ .

The gift of language is speech that is unintelligble ( 14:2; 16; 23 ) and 
highly ecstatic
-- the NOUS does not participate but only the PNEUMA (vv. 17-19) .

>(ecstatics) but this false "tongues" is the subject of Paul's sharp 
>rebuke. They were acting like children

No, he asked them would they not be regarded as" mad " (v, 23)
  MAINOMIA = be mad, be out of one's mind


Maurice A. O'Sullivan  [ Bray, Ireland ]
mauros at

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