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Title: * Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions
Author: Jensen, Robin M
Publisher: Baker Academic; Publication Date: 2012
Paperback; ISBN: 9780801048326
Volumes: 1; Pages: 272
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What can we learn from early Christian imagery about the theological meaning of baptism? Robin Jensen, a leading scholar of early Christian art and worship, examines multiple dimensions of the early Christian baptismal rite. She explores five models for understanding baptism--as cleansing from sin, sickness, and Satan; as incorporation into the community; as sanctifying and illuminative; as death and regeneration; and as the beginning of the new creation--showing how visual images, poetic language, architectural space, and symbolic actions signify and convey the theological meaning of this ritual practice. Considering image and action together, Jensen offers a holistic and integrated understanding of the power of baptism. The book is illustrated with photos.
Table of Contents
Baptism as cleansing from sin and sickness
Incorporation into the community
Baptism as sanctifying and illuminative
Baptism as dying and rising
Baptism as the beginning of the new creation.