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By David Hellholm

The current quantity is the results of a world collaboration of researchers who're very good inside their respective fields: interpretation of texts, reports of rites, archaeology, structure, background of paintings, and cultural anthropology. They met for 2 meetings to debate the importance of rites of ablution, initiation, and baptism and their interpretation in past due Antiquity, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity. the amount establishes a brand new foreign general of analysis inside of those fields of scholarship.

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35 Download Date | 6/11/14 7:16 PM Table of Contents xxxv 6. The Association of Martyrdom with Baptism ....................................... 1. Martyrs and the Forgiveness of Post-Baptismal Sins................... 2. The Cult of the Martyrs and Penitential Pilgrimages .................. 3. Ablution Pools at Saints’ Shrines .................................................... 1692 7. Conclusion ................................................................................................. 1697 1.

During that meeting suggestions were made to include still more texts and topics and invite further scholars to be involved in the process by writing additional contributions to be incorporated in the final proceedings of the symposium. We are much obliged to these colleagues for their willingness to take on these tasks at a very late stage of the project. : Eerdmans 2009. This magisterial work of more than 900 pp.. written by a single author is a remarkable achievement, though not to be regarded as a competitive but rather as a complementary opus to our three volume work written by 58 specialists from different countries, disciplines and denominations.

3 Zu dieser Hypothese von Erik Peterson vgl. allerdings kritisch A. Lindemann, “Zur frühchristlichen Taufpraxis”, 776. 4 Zur Taufe als „Siegel“ vgl. K. O. Sandnes, “Seal and Baptism in Early Christianity”, 1439–1479; zu den späteren Entwicklungen vgl. Chr. Strecker, “Taufrituale im frühen Christentum und in der Alten Kirche”, 1386–1402. 5 G. Wurst, “Initiationsriten im Manichäismus”, 148 mit Berufung auf Bema-Psalm 227, 11,1–4 (Wurst) = Psb. II 22,11–15; vgl. auch ebd. 151. 2. Für die seit den Zeiten der Religionsgeschichtlichen Schule beliebte Methode religionswissenschaftlicher Komparatistik (beispielsweise im Rahmen einer methodologisch nicht unproblematischen, aber mindestens anregenden religionsphänomenologischen Typisierung) müssen mögliche antike Vergleichsphänomene zunächst präzise beschrieben werden (beispielsweise in Form der berühmten „dichten Beschreibung“).

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