Sub-title: An Inquiry into the Meaning of the Word as Determined by the Usage of the Holy Scriptures and Patristic Writings
by James W. Dale
Two-volumes in one; 672 pp; pb
An inquiry into the meaning of the Greek word baptizo in the holy Scriptures and patristic writings.
In the 19th century, Dr. James W. Dale, a Presbyterian minister, embarked on a scholarly project that proved to be the most exhaustive study ever undertaken on the word 'baptism.' Aiming at a contextual understanding of the work, Dr. Dale meticulously examined its use in a wide range of historical documents, and his analysis is a masterpiece of lexicographical scholarship.
A valuable resource for students and scholars of language, religion, and history.
"It is difficult to imagine anyone writing five volumes on any pair of words found in any language. Dale not only did this for bapto/baptizo; he even treats the corresponding Latin, Hebrew, German and English terms."