Tongues at Corinth: Languages, not Ecstasies!

 

Chrysostom on 'tongues' in I Corinthians 12:8-30

The exegesis of the Early Church Fathers is faithfully reflected by the great theologian John Chrysostom. Around 400 A.D. and in his relevant Homilies, he wrote what is probably the earliest extant commentary on Paul's Epistles to the Corinthians.

Explains Chrysostom: "One person knew what he spake himself, but was unable to interpret to another. While another had acquired both these [gifts], or the other of the two."

To Chrysostom, the language-speakers at Corinth knew exactly what they were talking about! Yet even so: "Do you not see where He [God] has set this gift, and how He everywhere assigns it the last rank?" I Cor. 12:10,11,28,30.