Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions

This book examines five models for understanding baptism, showing how visual images, poetic language, architectural space, and symbolic actions signify and convey the theological meaning of this ritual practice.

By:
Robin Margaret Jensen    
Publisher:
Baker Publishing, 2012

Robin Jensen, a leading scholar of early Christian art and worship, illuminates the theological meaning of baptism by exploring multiple dimensions of the early Christian baptismal rite. She examines five models for understanding baptism, 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 and will be useful to professors and students in courses on theology, ritual studies, liturgy, and sacraments as well as to art historians and archaeologists.

Contents

Introduction
1. Baptism as Cleansing from Sin and Sickness
2. Incorporation into the Community
3. Baptism as Sanctifying and Illuminative
4. Baptism as Death and Regeneration
5. Baptism as the Beginning of the New Creation

 

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About the Author

Robin Margaret Jensen

Robin Margaret Jensen is Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more »
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