Tongues of Corinth

Corinth from Jewish liturgical Perspectives

Defining and understanding the tongues of Corinth through ancient literature.

  • Introduction to the Tongues of Corinth Series

    Introductory remarks and how the Jewish perspective adds much needed clues in understanding Paul’s reference to speaking and praying in tongues.

  • The Role of Hebrew in the Jewish-Aramaic World.

    A detailed look at the role of the Hebrew language in the faith system of ancient Jews whose native tongue was Aramaic.

  • Greek, Hellenic Judaism and the Problem Tongues of Corinth

    The influence of the Greek language and culture on the Jewish religious system.

  • Hebrew as the First Language of Mankind

    How Jews, and later Christians, believed that Hebrew was so sacred that it was not only the personal language of the Divine, but also the first language spoken by mankind.

  • The Public Reader, the Synagogue, and Corinth

    A detailed look into the Jewish rite of reading, speaking, interpreting and how it relates to the Corinthian tongues controversy.

  • The Public Reader in the Church

    A brief history of the public reader in the Church from inception until the thirteenth century.

  • The Language of Instruction in the Corinthian Church

    The role of Hebrew, Aramaic, or both as the language of religious instruction in the earliest Corinthian Church.

  • Lightfoot on the Problem Tongues of Corinth

    A digitization and analysis of 17th century John Lightfoot’s work on the Problem Tongues of Corinth.

  • Tongues as a Private Prayer Language Series

    OK, Paul does mention praying in tongues too. Pentecostal readers want more evidence on this subject, so this series is dedicated to answering this question.

  • Jacob the Min

    A 2nd century Jewish follower of Christ mentioned in the Talmud gives a small clue about the Jewish liturgy adapted in the Christian rite. Perhaps too small but worth pondering.

  • It is highly recommended to read the series on Epiphanius on the tongues of Corinth found in the 300 — 450 AD section of the Gift of Tongues Project under Catholic History. This forms the basis for this series on Corinth.