Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity
Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions
ISBN10: 080104832X ISBN13: 9780801048326 Contributors: Jensen, Robin Margaret Publisher: Baker Academic Published: Jun 1 2012 Pages: 238 Weight: 0.80lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 5.75" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
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.