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The Baptist Heritage [Hardcover]

By H. Leon McBeth (Author) & Leon McBeth (Author)
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This huge survey combines chronological history and topical history to bring alive the story of the Baptists from their seventeenth-century English origins to their worldwide presence today. With index and bibliography.

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The Baptist Heritage: Four Century of Baptist Witness H. Leon McBeth's 'The Baptist heritage' is a definitive, fresh interpretation of Baptist history. Based on primary source research, the book combines the best features of chronological and topical history to bring alive the story of Baptists around the world.

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Studio: B&H Academic
Pages   850
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.22" Height: 1.93"
Weight:   3.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 29, 1987
Publisher   B&H Publishing Group
ISBN  0805465693  
ISBN13  9780805465693  

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Baptist Roots: Getting at the Truth of Our Heritage  Feb 8, 2008
This has to be the best, all inclusive study on "Baptist Heritage" that I have found. While enlightening in areas of Baptist roots, it also does a wonderful job dispelling many of the myths that have crept into the Church as to our beginnings. It is a must for anyone interested in the beginnings of the Baptist Church and the forming of our doctrinal statements of faith.
Good but not exact  Oct 10, 2005
This book is very well written. McBeth has laid a good foundation if you are interested Baptist History. The only problem I have found is McBeth allows his own personal views to skew what he calls history and what he has decided to include in this book. Rather than giving a full account of what History says about Baptist, McBeth tells most of the story. Other than that, VERY well written and easy to read. Don't be intimidated by the number of pages. McBeth focuses on a few things that you can skip and not miss anything. Hope you enjoy reading this book and will look further into history. McBeth mentions a good book to give you another side of Baptist History; "The Trail Of Blood". It is out of print but you can still find some copies out there. While it also is not exact it gives you another side. Good Luck and God Bless!
Enjoyable Read of Baptist History  Jun 25, 2004
I was required to read this book for a seminary course and instead of being intimidated by the size of the book, I found it to be an extremely enjoyable read on how Baptists have flourished over the years in spite of persecution, church splits, and other challenges.

McBeth traces the origins of Baptists in the early 1600s from England and Holland and chronicles their history up to the late 1900s.

Among the more interesting topics covered include:

1. Baptist beginnings in Europe.
2. Baptist beginnings in America and the part they played in the Great Awakenings.
3. The struggle for religious libery in early America.
4. The split of the Baptists in the 1840s that eventually led to the Southern Baptist Convention.
5. The formation of several types of Baptist groups (Southern, Primitive, Independent, American, National, Landmark, etc.).

Whether you are Baptist or not, after reading this gem you will have a greater appreciation for the Baptist heritage!

Read and enjoy!

McBeth's Magic  Feb 13, 2002
Having spent the entirety of his life in Christian service both within and outside Baptist circles, and, as McBeth says, "In a quarter-century of teaching Baptist History...," Dr. McBeth has certainly devoted himself to his work within the Church and the academy. The magnitude of this book is indicative of the scholarship that McBeth has invested in a book of this sorts, yet its size does not overwhelm the reader. If necessary, McBeth uses the extra space to explain the concepts and technical 'jargon' of the oft-misunderstood Baptist theology and history.
Readers of this volume ought to come away with a solid, general understanding of the beginnings of Baptists during the 1600s in England, the spread of the Baptist-Christian flavour to the European continent, as well as to The United States of America. McBeth's handling of Baptist history is balanced between Continental Europe as well as the American context, from which McBeth has invested his life.
Comprehensive and Personal  Dec 14, 2001
Without a doubt, this is the most definitive work on the history of Baptists. McBeth leaves no stone unturned in developing a portrait of a faith tradition born out of persecution and intolerance. A tradition born with an affinity for personal freedom, i.e. competency before God. McBeth's work has aided me greatly in understanding why I am Baptist and what that means. At a time in which many Baptists are struggling with a crisis of identity, this book can serve as a rescue. Don't let the size of the book intimidate you. Think of it as crawling into grandpa's lap and hearing the stories of old. More than the book I appreciate the man behind it. He was one of the greatest teachers I ever studied under, and one of the most genuine professor I ever encountered.

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