Mystery at Corinth: Seeking a Jewish Answer to a Christian Mystery

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In Mystery at Corinth, William Harmening takes a critical look at the modern charismatic doctrine of tongues against the backdrop of such ancient Jewish writings as the Mishnah and Talmud, and the historical record of the first century Jewish synagogue.

He begins by clearly defining the various doctrines and beliefs that guide the modern Charismatic church on this issue, leads us through the historical development of those doctrines, and finally, utilizing the Rabbinical writings of ancient Judaism, provides a new and enlightening exposition of the few New Testament scriptures that mention tongues.

His thought-provoking analysis demonstrates that the tongues of First Corinthians actually predate the New Testament narrative, and were employed by the Jews in their synagogue service long before Paul wrote his corrective discourse, thus refuting the view of tongues held by the modern Charismatic church. For anyone who has struggled to understand this controversial aspect of modern Christian practice, Mystery at Corinth will serve as an important guide to further research and study.

 

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Contents

AN ANCIENT MYSTERY A DIVIDED
1
THE AZUSA MISSION
21
THE BOOK
38
FIRST
59
TONGUES IN HISTORY
73
THE HOLY LANGUAGE
97
REINTERPRETING SCRIPTURE
110
CONCLUSION
128
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