by James W. Dale
P&R Publishing; paper; 400 pp
Sub-title: An Inquiry into the Meaning of the Word as Determined by the Usage of Jewish and Patristic Writers
An academic study of the Greek word for “baptism.” Surveys Josephus, Philo, Sirach, church fathers, 2 Maccabees, and more. Provides insights into the study of words in their contexts. Explodes the view that the Greek word demands immersion.
"Judaic Baptism is a volume calculated to utterly shatter the widespread unfounded contemporary mythology surrounding the meaning and usage of the original Greek words underlying our English word baptism. Dale writes in a clear and refreshingly irenic spirit in this volume which will delight and inform scholar, student, and layman alike." --Jerry Smith, Editor, Mott Media