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Believer's Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ (New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology) Hardcover – January 1, 2007


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  • Series: New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic; annotated edition edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805432493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805432497
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas R. Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison New Testament professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as preaching pastor at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville and has written a number of nationally published books and articles. Schreiner and his wife have four children.

Shawn Wright is assistant professor of Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and also serves as one of the pastors at Clifton Baptist Church. Wright and his wife have five sons.


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It was well written, and a book that is well worth the read.
Charity
The biggest problem is that it seems biased and even pretentious at times, even in spite of the authors' stated intentions to the contrary.
Chris Fenner
The book interacts graciuosly with Reformed theology on infant baptism.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on March 3, 2007
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I purchased this book with great skepticism. I assumed that the book would be nothing more than a book defending the Southern Baptist position on baptism namely that believer's alone should be baptized (which I agree with by the way) but would not interact much with those who disagree except in passing. This is not the case with this book.

BELIEVER'S BAPTISM does a good job of first of all laying a solid biblical and theological foundation for believer's baptism and then does a good job of defending it against those who would disagree from both contemporary and from historical theologians who argue for infant baptism. Furthermore, the book allows a few chapters to be given for presenting arguments for infant baptism and for the Restoration movement view that baptism is essential for salvation. The book does not present baptism merely as a token Christian memorial but a very important biblical topic.

The chapters are not very long and the book can be easily read in just a couple of hours. While there are some theological terms thrown here and there, overall the book is an easy read and the plus is that it is full of Scripture. Overall I enjoyed this book and gladly recommend it to you all to study.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Carl A. Dixon on March 10, 2007
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Another reviewer said this book can be read in 2 hours!!! I read academic books all the time and that reviewer must be an amazing speed reader. I have really been edified by this book. It explains the various views of baptism very fairly. I am not a Baptist but do believe in believers baptism. This book confirmed me in my view of Baptism and completely eliminated any intimitation of other views. The various scholars deal respectfully with all views of baptism throughout church history and then contrast them with good biblical exegesis. I doubt if many will be able to read the book in two hours - or even some of the chapters in two hours - but this will be a forever resourse on the subject of believers baptism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Caneday on August 12, 2013
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Baptism is perhaps the most divisive issue of faith and practice in the Christian church, so a book, such as Believer's Baptism is sure to be received as decisive blow against paedobaptism by the Baptists, but as a non sequitur by the paedobaptists. While a convinced Baptist myself, I attend a paedobaptist church, so I'm in the unenviable position of being caught in the middle. It is true, and undeniable that the paedobaptist tradition--specifically the Presbyterians, have a near monopoly on the rich heritage of Protestant church and theology.
Nearly all my theological influences are drawn from the Reformed and paedobaptistic theologians. The Baptists, specifically the American Baptist legacy is largely a shallow, revivalistic, pietistic embarrassment. That being said, I have great respect their judgment on baptism and their faithfulness in the face of persecution.

Tom Schreiner and Shawn Wright have assembled a very competent cast of theologians, teachers, and pastors to give a defense of credobaptism and rebuttal of the paedo position. Kostenberger, Stein, and Schreiner show that "baptism is designed for believers who have repented of their sin and have put their faith in God and in his Christ." (p. 23) This is the central teaching of the New Testament in relation to baptism, and any attempt to separate the two is unbiblical. It is interesting that paedobaptists are forced to embrace this teaching, yet somehow squirm out of the implications of it. Calvin himself writes, in the Institutes, "Baptism is a symbol of the forgiveness of sins; and who could be admitted to receive the symbol but sinners acknowledging themselves as such?"

They each answer the paedobaptist arguments on matters such as household baptisms and Jesus' receiving children.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Todd Clippard on June 27, 2008
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This is a marvelous study of the subject of baptism written for the pew member, the scholar, and everyone in between. It is written by Baptists for Baptists to encourage a return among the Baptist people to a biblical position on the purpose and result of baptism, namely, that baptism brings the forgiveness of sins to those who submit to it in faithful obedience to the gospel message.

I hope this book finds a wide circulation among its intended audience and others who sincerely desire to know what the Bible teaches on this vital subject.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trevin Wax on October 20, 2008
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What is the biblical case for believer's baptism? What biblical support do paedobaptists point to for their belief in infant baptism? What is the relationship between the old and new covenants? What did Alexander Campbell, one of the first voices of the Restoration movement, actually think about baptism?

These questions and more are answered splendidly in Believer's Baptism: Sign of hte New Covenant in Christ. A host of well-known Baptist scholars have collaborated to provide a resource for all who seek to better understand the biblical underpinnings for believer's baptism.

The book begins with three important New Testament scholars mapping out the New Testament teaching on baptism. Andreas Kostenberger writes about baptism in the Gospels; Robert Stein describes baptism in Luke and Acts; Tom Schreiner treats baptism in the epistles. Throughout the summary chapters, the authors maintain a steadfast commitment to taking the text seriously and demonstrate a willingness to question popular assumptions about believer's baptism.

Steve Wellum writes a chapter on baptism and the relationship between the covenants that is well worth the price of the book. The force of the paedobaptist argument comes from a misunderstanding of the nature of the two covenants. Wellum persuasively argues against infant baptism and shows how the practice stems from a misinterpretation of the different covenants.

Steven McKinion shows that infant baptism was not accepted as commonly and widespread in the early church as has been assumed. Archeological evidence shows that most early baptisms were by immersion. Many of the church fathers argue against infant baptism. Others argue for it, demonstrating that the issue was debated, not settled in the first few centuries.
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