Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-225) and index.
"Robin Jensen examines multiple dimensions of the early Christian baptismal rite. She explores 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."--Publisher description.
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.