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Is there examples of baptism in the Bible not using immersion?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:08 AM on Sep. 19, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • No. In every case of baptism in the bible the body is fully immersed in the water...


    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:25 AM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Actually often the bible doesn't explictly state the mode of the baptism. None of the instances of baptism in Acts favors the idea of immersion, while in some of them such a mode was impossible/unlikely. Historians and archaeologists point out that there was insufficient water in Jerusalem for immersion of three thousand on Pentecost (Acts 2:38-41) Also in the deserted area of Acts 8:26-39 could John the Baptist have been physically capable of immersing all the persons who came to him for baptism? After the earthquake that released him from prison, Paul baptized performed baptisms in the house of Cornelius (Acts 10:47-48), even though bathtubs/pools weren't fixtures of ancient homes. Ananias baptized Paul were he found him in the House of Judas in Damascus, In fact, he was baptized standing up (Acts 22:16).

    Answer by eringobrough at 1:15 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • And looking at the texts of early Christians we see that they didn't baptize only by immersion. The Didache writting about 70-100 CE says "Concerning baptism, baptize in this manner: Having said all these things beforehand, baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in living water [that is, in running water, as in a river]. If there is no living water, baptize in other water; and, if you are not able to use cold water, use warm. If you have neither, pour water three times upon the head in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." These instructions were composed either while some of the apostles and disciples were still alive or during the next generation of Christians, and they represent an already established custom. Another early Christian leader (Hippolytus) explains ""If water is scarce, whether as a constant condition or on occasion, then use whatever water is available"

    Answer by eringobrough at 1:20 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

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