Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions
Jensen, Robin M.
Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012 pp. xviii + 238. $24.99
Description: 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.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, Theological Approaches
Review by Denis Fortin
Citation: Denis Fortin, review of Robin M. Jensen, Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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