Baptism in the New Testament (Biblical & Theological by George R.Beasley- Murray

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36 ff. THE ANTECEDENTS OF CHRISTIAN BAPTISM 41 were moved by the consideration that, as the Fathers were baptized in the desert to offer Covenant Sacrifice, they should receive ablutions thrice daily. Nor indeed was proselyte baptism itself produced by such a motive; the 'explanation' came after the practice, not vice versa. The motives that led to the application of the bath to the Gentiles were quite different from those that prompted the daily ablutions of the Qumran Covenanters. T. Scriptures that John the Baptist appears to have had in mind in his adaptation of the lustrations are connected with the prophetic expectations of divine cleansing, and the refining and judging work of the Messiah, rather than with the typology of Sinai and the ritual of the covenant.

The allusion in i Cor. 1 f to the Fathers being baptized in the cloud and in the sea at the Exodus is thought by Jeremias to reflect an early form of the Rabbinical mode of justifying proselyte baptism from the 1 'Having first recited all these things, baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in living water. But if thou hast not living water, then baptize in other water; and if thou art not able in cold, then in warm'. Did. 1 ff. Compare the 'six degrees of gatherings of water' in the tractate Mikwaoth, ch.

1933, p. 204 f. THE ANTECEDENTS OF CHRISTIAN BAPTISM 23 the plural? Moreover the date of the passage raises a complication. C. for the composition of the book. That suits his view of the time when belief in Gentile uncleanness arose. 1 Such a date would make very difficult the possibility of reference to proselyte baptism, and on Jeremias' view it would rule it out altogether, for there was no call for such an institution, the Gentiles not being regarded as unclean. D. 4 At least it should be admitted that a saying whose significance and origin are so dubious as this has no claim to confidence as a means of determining so complex an issue as that under review.

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