Notes about Bede's works on the Book of Acts

Textual problems in translating Bede’s initial Commentary on Acts, and his later Reflection on the Book of Acts.

The goal of translating a small portion of both books into English is to discover Bede’s position on the doctrine of tongues.

The Commentary on Acts was written in 709 or 710, the second one is not known, but a number of years later.

It is found from comparing a section of Acts chapter 2 in both works that they seldom overlap

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Bede’s Initial Commentary on Acts 2:1-18

Last updated on May 19th, 2018 at 10:23 pm

The Venerable Bede on the doctrine of tongues. An English translation of his initial commentary on the Acts of the Apostles chapters 2:1-18.

Translated by Charles A. Sullivan from MPL. Vol. 92 Bedæ Venerabilis: Super Acta Apostolorum Expositio. Col. 945-948


Bede’s Initial Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles

Chapter 2

“And when the days of Pentecost were completed, they were all together in the same place,” that they

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The Venerable Bede on the Doctrine of Tongues

The goal of this multi-article study is to find out and articulate Bede’s understanding of the Church rite of tongues.

The secondary purpose is to collate, digitize the Latin texts, and translate into English any works completed by the Venerable Bede relating to this doctrine.

There have been two discoveries so far. Bede’s initial commentary on the Book of Acts chapter 2:1-18, and Bede’s reflections on his commentary on the Book of Acts 2:1:18. The latter book done later on

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Bede on the Dogma of Tongues: The Latin Texts

The Venerable Bede’s commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2:1-18, Latin only. For the English translations go to The Venerable Bede on the Dogma of Tongues and scroll down to the bottom for the links.

There are two commentaries written on the Book of Acts by Bede — the initial commentary on the Book of Acts, and a later reflections on his commentary on the Book of Acts. Both are provided below in the Latin as found

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