Item description for Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries by Everett Ferguson...
Overview Everett Ferguson's work here is a compendium of almost everything that is currently known about the Christian ritual of baptism, with extensive citations to the primary and secondary literature, and as such is destined to be an extremely valuable reference work.
Publishers Description Everett Fergusons work here is a compendium of almost everything that is currently known about the Christian ritual of baptism, with extensive citations to the primary and secondary literature, and as such is destined to be an extremely valuable reference work.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.5" Height: 2.4" Weight: 3.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2009
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802827489 ISBN13 9780802827487
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More About Everett Ferguson
Everett Ferguson is the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Abilene Christian University. He has authored numerous texts including "Early Christians Speak" and "Backgrounds of Early Christianity" and lectures on patristics throughout the world.
Everett Ferguson currently resides in the state of Texas. Everett Ferguson was born in 1933.
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Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries Apr 21, 2010
A very thorough and detailed examination of the practice of Baptism using the the available documents. These include all the documents that have been discovered to the present. The book is divided into sections dealing with each century. Also provided are the pertinent archeolgical discoveries including Jewish and Christian. It is useful not only to the professional but to the lay person as well.
Great Book at a Terrific Price! What a Value!! Nov 27, 2009
Book was sent promptly, packaged well, in perfect condition and all done well before the promised date! Awesome Job!
A Magisterial Study Aug 18, 2009
From the jacket:
"This magisterial study is a comprehensive survey of the doctrine and practice of baptism in the first five centuries of Christian history, arranged geographically within chronological periods. ... The book deals primarily with 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.
Ferguson's thorough study points to the central importance of baptism in the early church. Many blessings were attributed to baptism, but the two earliest and most consistently mentioned are forgiveness of sins and the reception of the Holy Spirit; faith and repentance were necessary in order to receive these benefits. ... full immersion was the normal practice, and the evidence from art is consistent with this interpretation."
This work is massive and detailed. A discussion of Gregory of Nazianzus's famous Orations on baptism circa 380 support the conclusions of the jacket cover, that baptism was often delayed until adolescence or adulthood or later. Gregory urges congregants not to put off baptism and most typically refers to it as 'regeneration.' Thus with Gregory in the East and Augustine in the West during the Pelagian controvery infant baptism became normative for the early church of the fifth century.