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More commonly termed “speaking in tongues,” glossolalia is a designation that appears in early Christian texts describing speech uttered by followers of Jesus, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Glossolalia occurs in a variety of religious environments, provoking reactions of awe and confusion by witnesses of these extraordinary speech events. Two key passages in the Christian…

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Johnson, Lee A., “Glossolalia”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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