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Bibil Identifier bibil:212686
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Foundation, Value and Meaning of Baptism in the New Testament
Author Groenewald, Jonanda
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2003
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2003
Year (Copyright) 2003
Year (Reference) 2003
Language English
Pages 367-383 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the symbolical and social world of the first Christians, baptism functioned as a “cultural symbol”. Ensuing from Gerd Theissen’s (1999) work, A theory of primitive Christian religion, the paper explains the opinion that religion, defined as a system of cultural symbols, consists of sacred mythical narratives conveying ritual values which can be internalized through participation. Theoretically argued, there is a historical reason why a specific symbol/rite fits the social context. Behind the contextualized rite lies an idea which communicates values and provides meaning. From the textual evidence in the New Testament, this article demonstrates the historical foundation, the value and meaning of being baptized.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Baptism
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