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Meaning and Mode of Baptism:
Published January 1st 1992 by P & R Publishing
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This is an excellent study tool. Mr. Adams is thorough – not in an exhaustive sense, but in the sense that he covered all of the significant points supporting his position, as well as those opposing. His writing is pointed, concise, and full of scripture passages.

Mr. Adam’s chapter on the ceremonial significance of Christ’s baptism was fascinating. He discussed the relationship between Christ’s baptism and the ceremonial requirements for his priestly ordination; I had heard this discussed in the
Eric Anderson

In this little volume, Adams sets forth a compelling argument for sprinkling as the biblical means of baptism. (Infant baptism, however, is not part of the scope of this book.) Adams works through both Old and New Testament examples of baptism, with its roots in the ceremonial purifications and so forth. One of his most convincing arguments, in my opinion, was his discussion of the Holy Spirit descending. One is not immersed in the Spirit, and then raised from it; rather the Spirit comes down an
Tim Miller
Without a doubt, this book has turned my world upside down in relation to Baptism. But to say the words of this book were the true source of my change would be misleading. It is Jay Adams laying out the WORD OF GOD that caused my heart and mind to change. He mentions "the limits of this study confined to the Scriptures themselves. Here, alone will one discover the true meaning and mode of Christian baptism." If you are tired of thousands of books each trying to use their own reasoning, check out ...more
Peter N.
A good solid defense of pouring/sprinkling as the Biblical mode of baptism. I appreciated that he took the mode seriously. So many Presbyterians argue that mode is irrelevant. His exegesis of John's baptism, Jesus' baptism,and Pentecost are excellent. He also forces you to look to the Old Testament to provide some warrant for what John did. I did not agree with him that Romans 6:3 and I Corinthians 12:12-13 could not refer to water baptism. But this mistake has really no effect upon the immersio ...more
Reformed Covenanter
I read this one on the train to Oxford; passionate and persuasive.
Adams gives a short defense whose potency belies its brevity. In contrast with many studies that seek the meaning of the roots baptw and baptizo in extra-biblical literature, he finds it firmly within in the Temple Cult set forth in Leviticus and Numbers, as these roots are used to describe the daubing of a finger in blood, it buggers belief to associate either root with "immersion" necessarily. This habit of rooting his arguments with a conviction of the sufficiency of Scripture is at once refr ...more
WHile wrestling with covenant theology, this book was helpful. Adams writes very clearly and presents his ideas well.
Patrick McWilliams
I must be the only Credobaptist who thinks affusion/aspersion (pouring/sprinkling) is a more proper mode of water baptism than immersion.
Douglas Wilson
Good. Also read in December of 1989. Thought differently of it then.
A helpful book giving the biblical argument for sprinkling.
Davey Ermold
Blog post forthcoming.
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