Dimensions of Baptism: Biblical and Theological Studies

I. Howard Marshall, Bruce D. Chilton, Craig A. Evans, Joel B. Green, Stanley E. Porter, Hazel Sherman, Anthony R. Cross, J. Ramsey Michaels, David F. Wright, Everett Ferguson, Roy Kearsley, Steve Holmes, Graham Watts, Paul Fiddes, Philip E. Thompson, Brian Haymes, and Christopher J. Ellis

Dimensions of Baptism: Biblical and Theological Studies
Dimensions of Baptism: Biblical and Theological Studies

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This sequel to "Baptism, the New Testament and the Church" (JSNT Supplements 171) brings together work by J. Ramsey Michaels, Joel Green, Howard Marshall, Bruce Chilton, Craig Evans and the editors, as well as several others, and deals with aspects of baptism from the New Testament and beyond The first section covers baptism in the New Testament, including the meaning of the word 'baptize', the baptism of John, Paul's own baptism and his theology of it, and baptisms in John 13, Acts and Hebrews. The second section deals with baptism in the Early Church, including essays on Jesus's blessing of th children, and baptism in the Epistle of Barnabas and in Gregory of Nyssa. The third section addresses baptism in contemporary theology, embracing ecumenical perspectives, baptism as a trinitarian event, and baptism as memorial, as m1iracle and as falling into and out of power.Nyssa . The third section addresses baptism in contemporary theology, embracing ecumenical perspectives, baptism as a trinitarian event, and baptism as memorial, as miracle and as falling into and out of power.

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  • Part 1: Baptism in the New Testament
    • I. Howard Marshall, "The Meaning of the Verb "Baptize""
    • Bruce D. Chilton, "John the Baptist: His Immersion and his Death"
    • Craig A. Evans, "The Baptism of John in Typological Context"
    • Joel B. Green, ""She and her Household were Baptized" (Acts 16.15): Household Baptism in the Acts of the Apostles"
    • Stanley E. Porter, "Did Paul Baptize Himself? A Problem of the Greek Voice System"
    • Hazel Sherman, "Getting In and Staying In": Unexpected Connections between E.P. Sanders on Paul and Expectations of Baptism Today"
    • Anthony R. Cross, "Spirit- and Water-Baptism in 1 Corinthians 12.13"
    • J. Ramsey Michaels, "By Water and Blood: Sin and Purification in John and First John"
    • Anthony R. Cross, "The Meaning of "Baptisms" in Hebrews 6.2"
  • Part 2: Baptism in the Early Church
    • David F. Wright, "Out, In, Out: Jesus" Blessing of the Children and Infant Baptism"
    • Everett F. Ferguson, "Christian and Jewish Baptism according to the Epistle of Barnabas"
    • Everett F. Ferguson, "The Doctrine of Baptism in Gregory of Nyssa's Oratio Catechetica"
  • Part 3: Baptism in Contemporary Theology
    • Roy Kearsley, "Baptism then and now: Does Moltmann bury Tertullian or praise him?"
    • Steve Holmes, "Baptism: Patristic Resources for Ecumenical Dialogue"
    • Graham Watts, "Baptism and the Hiddenness of God"
    • Paul Fiddes, "Baptism and the Process of Christian Initiation"
    • Philip E. Thompson, "Memorial Dimensions of Baptism"
    • Brian Haymes, "The Moral Miracle of Baptism"
    • Christopher J. Ellis, "The Baptism of Disciples and the Nature of the Church"

Pages: 401
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2002
ISBN-10: 0826462030
ISBN-13: 9780826462039

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Dimensions of Baptism: Biblical and Theological Studies Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 234 Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003. Pp. xvi + 401. Hardcover. $160.00. ISBN 0826462030. Fred L. Horton Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 27109 The present volume is a follow-up to the R. E. O. White Festschrift entitled Baptism, the New Testament and the Church (JSNTSup 171; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999), also edited by Porter and Cross. After a brief introduction by the editors, the book devotes almost half of its pages to nine New Testament essays in part 1. Three essays in part 2 stand under the heading of Baptism in the Early Church. The remaining seven essays comprise part 3, Baptism in Contemporary Theology. The New Testament essays, like all the others in the work, deal with sectarian issues under discussion by Baptists, especially Baptists in Great Britain and the United States. Howard Marshall in his essay, entitled The Meaning of the Verb Baptize (824), shows that the verb in the New Testament and contemporary literature can refer to drenching as well as to immersion. This result leads him to fault those contemporaries who insist on only one mode of baptismal practice (2324). Bruce Chilton, in John the Baptist: His Imme rsion and his Death (2544), contends that John the Baptist does not need to be subsumed under the Synoptic chronology and within his own Jewish context should be seen as a purifier, not as a prophet. Craig A. Evans, on the other hand, is not sure that Johns activity as purifier rules out a prophetic and eschatological self-understanding (The Baptis m of John in a Typological Context [4571]). Joel B. Green in She and Her House hold Were Baptized (Acts 16. [Full Review]

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