Star Wars Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's

Recently Viewed clear list

Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers

I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »
  1. $18.20 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Flying Shoes

    Lisa Howorth 9781620403013


This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.

Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

This title in other editions

Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries


Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Everett Fergusons work here is a compendium of almost everything that is currently known about the Christian ritual of baptism, with extensive citations to the primary and secondary literature, and as such is destined to be an extremely valuable reference work.

Book News Annotation:

Veteran scholar of early Christianity Ferguson (Abilene Christian U., Texas) strives to present a comprehensive anthology of sources about baptism from the first three centuries, and a representative sample of the more voluminous sources from the fourth and fifth. His training is in literary sources, he says, but he has made an effort to educate himself about art and archaeological sources and incorporate them as well. After an introduction surveying the scholarship, he looks at antecedents to Christian baptism in Greco-Roman paganism and Jewish tradition, then at references in the New Testament and contemporary art and later Christian interpretations of them. Topics from later periods include the apostolic fathers, those called Gnostics and related groups, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian and Cyprian in Carthage, infant baptism, Origen, fourth-century Syriac writers, Cappadocia, sickbed baptism, Spain, Cyril of Alexandria and the Coptic rite, and Augustine of Hippo. A final section examines baptisteries from Israel to England. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

The school of Antioch : Theodore of Mopsuestia — The school of Antioch : John Chrysostom I — The school of Antioch : John Chrysostom II — Miscellaneous sources : church orders and "eunomian" baptism — Cappadocia : Basil the Great — Cappadocia : Gregory of Nazianzus — Cappadocia : Gregory of Nyssa — The delay of baptism : sickbed baptism, believers' baptism, and infant baptism — Milan : Ambrose — Other North Italians — Spain — Some other Latin

Product Details

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Christianity - History - General
Ferguson, Everett
Everett Ferguson
Christian Rituals & Practice - Sacraments
Early church, ca. 30-600
Christian Theology - Soteriology
Christian Theology - History
Baptism -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Christianity-Theology and Ethics
Publication Date:
9.40x6.50x2.40 in. 3.40 lbs.

Related Subjects

Religion » Christianity » Christian Church » History
Religion » Christianity » Christian Rituals and Practice » Sacraments
Religion » Christianity » Church History » Early
Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
Religion » Christianity » History
Religion » Christianity » Soteriology
Religion » Western Religions » Theology

Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 953 pages William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company - English 9780802827487 Reviews:
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at