New Book on Baptism

Over the last three days I devoured a new book on baptism: Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ, edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Shawn D. Wright. Dr. Schreiner is a professor of New Testament here at Southern Seminary, and Dr. Wright is a professor of Church History also here at Southern Seminary. Contributors include Andreas Koestenberger, Robert Stein, Steve Wellum, A. B. Caneday, and Mark Dever, among others.

I highly recommend this book. It is now one of the most important publications on this controversial subject, but it is also much more than that. In order to fully address the subject of baptism, one must address not just selected texts of Scripture. Full engagement on the subject of baptism demands engagement with the relationships between the covenants of Scripture. A doctrine of baptism must be fully integrated into a biblical theology of covenant, the people of God, salvation, and a number of related topics. That is the main reason why I enjoyed this book so much: it provides a wealth of biblical-theological analysis en route to making a case for believer’s baptism by immersion as the appropriate, biblical practice for the church. Steve Wellum’s chapter alone (on the relationship between the covenants) is worth the price of the book. So go buy it, right now!

Here is Justin Taylor’s interview with Tom Schreiner about this book, and here is the table of contents.

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3 Responses to “New Book on Baptism”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Aaron, I haven’t read the book, but I’m interested in the evidence that supports the mode of immersion versus some other mode. When I lived in Connecticut, my (Baptist) church went through a process of determining who had the qualifications for membership in the church. We affirmed that we would only practice believer’s baptism by immersion, but concluded that those who had become believers in a differnt church tradition (and had subsequently been baptized) were qualified for membership, even if they were not baptized by immersion. We felt that if someone had been baptized as a believer once, that it was sufficient, even if their baptismal mode was not the one we practiced.

  2. Steven D. Says:

    that anonymous quote was from me….steven duke. Sorry it posted that way. I accidentally hit enter before I could put my name on it.

  3. Aaron Says:

    Hey, Steven. Good to hear from you. I trust you and Stephanie are doing well.

    I started to answer your request, but then I realized that it was turning into an awful long comment. So I have moved the material to a new post that should be up shortly.

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