Gift of Tongues Quiz
So you think you know a lot about the christian doctrine of speaking in tongues? Take this test and find out. For complete answers go to
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The Camisards, Occitan-speaking Huguenots who lived in the rugged mountains of south-central France called Cévennes in the 17th to 18th centuries, spoke in tongues. What miraculous language did they speak?
Speaking in tongues died out in the second-century, suppressed by the Church for over 1600 years, and was revived in the late 1800s. True or False?
The London based Irvingite Movement in the 1830s brought tongues-speaking into prominence within the Protestant world. The Irvingite tongues outbreak was started by a young lady named Mary Campbell. What languages did she speak in?
Romanian and Russian
Arabic and Turkish
Pelew and Turkish
What did Thomas Aquinas believe the mysterious tongues of Corinth to mean?
a conflict between Greeks and Jews
a liturgical problem involving foreign languages
speaking in a heavenly language
a practice that died out in the early church
According to Epiphanius, a fourth-century Christian leader, the problem in Corinth was:
Jewish Aramaic women speaking out of order
which local Greek language the Hebrew instruction ought to be translated in
an overemphasis on the mystical life
Paul was trying to limit the influence of pagan Greek prophecy in the newly formed church.
Who was the author that pioneered the idea of tongues as an “ecstatic utterance”?
Luke in the Book of Acts
William Samarin, author of the influential study: “The Tongues of Men and Angels” in the 1970s
August Neander, German historian and theologian
the Constantinople writer, Michael Psellos, 1050 AD
Tertullian (third to early fourth-century) wrote a controversial piece where he references speaking in tongues. What did he believe speaking in tongues to be?
1. Ecstatic utterances
2. we don't know. All we can gather from the text is that speaking in tongues was still in practice during his time.
3. we don't know but he represents the last vestige of speaking in tongues in the church before it was suppressed for 1600 years.
4. speaking in a foreign language not known beforehand by the speaker.
Does the Assemblies of God, one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the United States, believe speaking in tongues to be an expectation for anyone being filled with the Spirit? True
The fourth-century Egyptian Pachomius entreated God about a language barrier between him and a christian brother. Afterwards, Pachomius was then miraculously able to:
speak in his own regular language and the brother heard it in his language
spontaneously wrote fluently in the person's native tongue and they communicated through letters
to speak and understand the person's foreign language
speak divine sounds that the person understood as his own language.
According to the Latin based Ambrosiaster text (fourth-century and later) what was the problem of Corinth?
Jewish women speaking in Aramaic out of turn
a debate on which Greek language ought to be the standard for translating from Aramaic
youth being overzealous while experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit
a disruption between Jewish and Greek ethnic groups.
True or false. Did Origen believe speaking in tongues to be an exalted language/obscure speech?
Vincent Ferrer, a Dominican Missionary and itinerant speaker in the thirteenth-century, could only speak one language, but wherever he went and spoke, the people would miraculously hear him speak in their language. What language did Vincent Ferrer speak?
According to the Pentecostal scholar, Gary B. McGee, the gift of tongues had shifted to a private prayer language after the Azusa Street Revival because:
it was no longer necessary to speak in foreign languages because English is a dominant worldwide language
participants became more experienced with the gift and realized a power beyond human language
missionaries went to foreign countries and discovered they could not miraculously speak in foreign languages
trick question, it always was a private prayer language.
Augustine felt speaking in tongues had evolved during his time. What did it evolve to?
the office was no longer necessary after the establishment of the church
the individual expression ceased and the corporate church now spoke in tongues
Carthage was the new Jerusalem for a world-wide missionary movement
the corruption of the church had caused tongues-speech to temporarily cease and he waited for its revival.
Charles Parham, one of the founders in the modern tongues movement, believed the tongues-speech at the Azusa Street Revival to be:
just sputtering, no reference to language at all
speaking in foreign languages
praying in the spirit.
What did the Venerable Bede (eighth-century) initially believe happened at Pentecost?
a miracle of hearing
a miracle of speaking
speaking in Hebrew
speaking in heavenly languages
The Donatists, a North African rival christian movement, opposed Augustine and the Catholic Church. They believed they were the true church because: (There is more than one answer to this question)
they did not abandon the faith when Diocletian banned Christianity
they thought that superstition and miracles was undermining the christian life
they spoke in tongues while the Catholic Church did not
they were the first ones to believe in the baptism of the holy Spirit (called ecstasy back then) with the initial sign of speaking in tongues.
The miracle of speaking in tongues in Medieval Catholicism was:
only referred to when someone was speaking in Latin during a church service
very rare and not encouraged
very common gift to attribute to heros, church leaders, and evangelists
only negatively when referring to Protestants
The adjective "unknown" as in unknown tongues is an English translation Bible tradition that is not found any earlier Greek or Latin texts. Why did this happen?
First introduced in the Catholic based Douay-Rheims Bible to counter the Protestant movement
started in early Protestant Bibles to counter Catholic insistence of Latin only in matters of faith
the Scottish Reformer John Knox insisted that it be inserted in the fresh translation of the Geneva Bible
it follows the German translation by Luther.
Conyers Middleton wrote "Free Inquiry" in the late 1700s. It was a masterpiece on the arguments outlining miracles and why the supernatural gifts displayed by early Christians have ceased. What theological movement did he inspire?
The fourth-century theologian, Gregory Nazianzus, contributed to the longest and most argued discussion in the history of the christian doctrine of tongues. What was it?
a question of whether it was a heavenly or angelic language
that tongues had ceased
that all christians should speak in tongues after being baptized
a question of whether it was a miracle of hearing or speaking.
Edward Irving, the founder of the Irvingite Movement, once referred to speaking-in-tongues as:
He had no clue
high priestly English
private prayer languages
Most modern academics believe tongues-speech to be: (There are two answers to this question):
In what century did the noun, "glossolalia" first enter into the English religious vocabulary?
What mistake did Tyranius Rufinus make in translating Gregory's Pentecost two-choice theory that caused centuries worth of debate in the Latin-speaking Church?
his Latin translation promoted angelic instead of human sounds
his translation promoted that both speaking or hearing can be a tongues miracle
that tongues had ceased
he did not translate Gregory's preference that it was a miracle of speaking.
In Jewish synagogues outside of Israel during Paul's time, the interpreter had a prominent role to play. What was the Jewish name for this office?
Cyril of Jerusalem (fourth-century) relates that Peter and Andrew at Pentecost spoke in what languages?
Latin and/or Greek
Hebrew and/or Aramaic
Scythian and/or Egyptian
Persian and/or Median
The Azusa Street Revival which happened in the early 1900s in Los Angeles, California is considered the birthplace of the modern tongues movement. When the people at Azusa Street spoke in tongues, they believe they were supernaturally speaking in:
a private prayer language
in the language of Angels
Which English Bible first inserted the adjective "unknown" as in "unknown tongues" to applicable tongues passages I Corinthians?
King James Bible
Pope Benedict the XIV (late 1700s) wrote one the of the most detailed and descriptive works on speaking in tongues. What did he believe speaking in tongues to be?
chanting in Latin
can either be a miracle of speaking or hearing
miraculous speaking in foreign languages only
a divine, heavenly language
When were the speaker--interpreter offices first introduced into the Jewish liturgy?
after the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) was completed in 132 BC.
instituted after Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD
instituted by Ezra the Priest @430 BC
first introduced by Moses @1400 BC.
What did Augustine, (fourth-century) Bishop of Hippo, believe the tongues of Pentecost to be:
a foreign language
speaking in a high priestly articulate language
speaking in a heavenly language that only you and God understand
Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century believed that the Gift of Tongues had transformed into something different during his time. What was it?
the public reader
the priestly benediction at the start of mass
empowerment for the itinerant missionary
the church speaking to a universal audience
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