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Early And Medieval Rituals And Theologies of Baptism: From the New Testament to the Council of Trent (Liturgy, Worship and Society Series) (Liturgy, Worship and Society Series) Paperback – August 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0754614289 ISBN-10: 075461428X Edition: New edition

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  • Series: Liturgy, Worship and Society Series
  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co; New edition edition (August 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075461428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754614289
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,097,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bryan D. Spinks is Professor of Liturgical Studies at Yale University, USA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blake Scalet on June 15, 2012
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As the title implies, this is a survey and study of the developments involving baptism from the Early Church through the Middle Ages. This is the first of two volumes that cover developments in baptism, specifically liturgical developments. To be fair, a very broad selection of materials and periods are covered in this volume. Each section presents a succinct summary and commentary on developments and thinkers. More in-depth studies of baptism can be found that focus on select eras of church history, but few could boast of this level of scholarship while maintaining the scope of the entirety of history.

This book is helpful both for the serious scholar and the more interested amateur. Spinks is a liturgical scholar of the first-class and this book is no exception. The material is well-researched and balanced. Primary source material is presented in abundance throughout the book. However, Spinks is a truly judicious author. His commentary is clear and aimed at understanding. While, the text is technical it is not beyond understanding for most readers. His page length also makes this book a reasonable time commitment for pastors, students, and interested lay people alike.
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