Christians of different denominations often have different views about the rite of baptism. Should infants be baptized, or is baptism for believers only? What exactly does baptism mean? What is the biblical mode of baptism: immersion, sprinkling, pouring, or dipping? Or do several methods find warrant in Scripture? The Eerdmans Baptism Collection provides two volumes addressing these often debated questions. Read about the scriptural basis for baptism from a Reformed perspective, study the practice of baptism in the New Testament, and learn about the meaning of this element of the Christian faith.
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Studies of the doctrine of baptism
Survey of the practice of baptism in the New Testament
The Promise of Baptism: An Introduction to Baptism in Scripture and the Reformed Tradition thoughtfully outlines the Reformed perspective on the sacrament of Baptism. James Brownson explains the scriptural basis, the theological underpinnings, and the practical implications of this particular element of the faith. Organized into 30 focused chapters—each of which centers on a key question—and enhanced by thoughtful discussion questions, The Promise of Baptism will be an important resource for pastors, students, and laypersons seeking to better understand this sacrament that lies at the heart of the church’s life.
I highly recommend the Brownson book for use in local churches by pastors, church boards, and adult education teachers.
James Brownson has written a book that is theologically solid and accessible to a broad church audience. Demonstrating a thorough familiarity with the Scriptures and the Reformed tradition, he tackles the knotty questions that arise in many Protestant congregations today: Is baptism necessary for salvation? Who was eligible for baptism in the early church? Why do different denominations view baptism in different ways? If you have ever wondered whether or why babies should be baptized, Brownson will help you rediscover the power of God’s covenant promises.
—John Burgess, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
James V. Brownson is James I. and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. His other books include Speaking Truth in Love: New Testament Resources for a Missional Hermeneutic.
Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries
In Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries, Everett Ferguson provides a comprehensive survey of the doctrine and practice of baptism in the first five centuries of Christian history, arranged geographically within chronological periods. Baptism in the Early Church covers the antecedents to Christian baptism and traces the history of Christian doctrine and practice from the New Testament through the writings of the church fathers of the fourth and fifth centuries. The book deals primarily with the literary sources, though it also gives attention to depictions of baptism (primarily of Jesus) in various art forms and to the surviving baptismal fonts.
Everett Ferguson is professor emeritus of Bible and distinguished scholar-in-residence at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. Among his books are Backgrounds of Early Christianity, now in its third edition, and The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today.