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Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity

Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions

By (author) Robin Margaret Jensen
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group, Ada, MI, United States
Imprint: Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group
Published: 1st Apr 2012
Dimensions: w 144mm h 224mm d 18mm
Weight: 355g
ISBN-10: 080104832X
ISBN-13: 9780801048326
Barcode No: 9780801048326
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.

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