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Speaking in Tongues: The New Testament Evidence in Context (Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement) Paperback – December 31, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement (Book 22)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark; 1 edition (December 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841273066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841273068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,668,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an excellent survey of its advertised topic, with brief but helpful reflections on implications for contemporary study and ministry. This book will certainly be an admirable resource for anyone seeking to teach and educate on the topic. It is clearly and irenically written, and presents arguments even-handedly." — Pneuma, Fall 2005 (Pneuma: A Journal Of The Society For Pentecostal Studies)

"...an excellent survey of itsadvertised topic, with brief but helpful reflections on implications forcontemporary study and ministry.
"This book will certainly be an admirableresource for anyone seeking to teach and educate on the topic. It is clearlyand irenically written, and presents arguments even-handedly."- PNEUMA: TheJournal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Fall 2005, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Pneuma: A Journal Of The Society For Pentecostal Studies)

“…an excellent survey of its advertised topic, with brief but helpful reflections on implications for contemporary study and ministry. This book will certainly be an admirable resource for anyone seeking to teach and educate on the topic. It is clearly and irenically written, and presents arguments even-handedly.” – Pneuma, Fall 2005 (Pneuma: A Journal Of The Society For Pentecostal Studies)

“…an excellent survey of itsadvertised topic, with brief but helpful reflections on implications forcontemporary study and ministry.
“This book will certainly be an admirableresource for anyone seeking to teach and educate on the topic. It is clearlyand irenically written, and presents arguments even-handedly.”- PNEUMA: TheJournal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Fall 2005, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Pneuma: A Journal Of The Society For Pentecostal Studies)

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Gerald Hovenden is Vicar of St Peter's with Christ Church and St Matthew's, Southborough, UK.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. SMITH on October 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Hovenden published this book back in 2002. He attempts by going back in history to make the reader understand "tongues" as in unintelligible utterances. He traces back to the OT and then to the NT and then to the church after the apostolic age his argument. His method is questionable, but it seems that is what most writers on this subject do in this age.

The arguments that we should be able to relate to is:
1) What does the new testament and in particular the promise made by Jesus as to the "comforter" and guide that is promised as well as Acts and the epistles.
2) Secondly does the modern day experience make us accept the veracity of this sign gift as a tangible and verifiable (reliable) fact?

The first argument does not deliver as Hovenden seems to interpret Luke as seeing Pentecost in Acts as an "outburst of praise" at receiving the Holy Spirit's outpouring. This is in contrast as to the obvious "other tongues" which imply that these were in fact languages that were not learned (but in existence and spoken by people from another geographic location). This method of communication was what surprised the crowd and added to the miraculous that followed this outpouring. This trend is a sign to the Jews and acceptable and biblical. The interpretation of Paul's letter to the Corinthians is an act of torturing the Scripture to fit with a possible bias towards Pentecostal doctrine. Hovenden does not agree with tongues as being a sign of being filled with the Spirit at water baptism. This he seems to get right, but then he says that there should be a doctrine that neither the cessationists or continualists subscribe to? It is rather an eye opener and adds to the confusion of the charismatics, rather than support it.
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