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Infant Baptism and the Covenant of Grace: An Appraisal of the Argument That as Infants Were Once Circumcised, So They Should Now Be Baptized

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A work of first-rate scholarship in which Paul Jewett writes the most persuasive case ever to demolish the best arguments posed in favor of infant baptism, showing this practice to be an unbiblical vestige of ecclesiastical tradition. Jewett demonstrates that only the only valid New Testament baptism is "believer's baptism". His criticisms of paedobaptist arguments from Au ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 19th 1978 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Pedro Issa
A very good read, but not splendid.

Jewett's enterprise focuses on the covenant-centered arguments in defense of infant baptism. His book is divided into three parts. The first one is a historical quest, the second, a theological approach, and the third one a multifaceted defense of believer baptism.

The first two parts comprise 85% of the book. That displays the nature of the book: it is not a vigorous exegetical/hermeneutical edifice pro credobaptism. It is actually a thorough critical expositi
There is really a lot to chew on in this book. I've been reading and re-reading it off and on for a long time now, as my wife and I are trying to learn what the Bible says about baptism.

Jewett is a good writer. The material he is tackling is difficult and sometimes technical, but he makes his points clearly and fairly. He is a credobaptist and avoids inaccurate caricatures of paedobaptists, arguing his points with grace and humor. This book is a great example of winsome polemical writing.

This bo
A standard, and very good defense of credobaptism. Jewett evidences the level of logic and exegesis that I think characterizes much contemporary credobaptist scholarship. In many ways, I think it is Jewett's book that is responsible for the advances credobaptist scholarship has been making over paedobaptist scholarship. (Yes, credobaptists do have a solid history of good scholarship under their belt, so I'm not trying to take that away from them.) I ultimately disagree with Jewett's conclusion, ...more
Dan Glover
While I disagree with Jewett's overall conclusion and his over-arching presuppositions about baptism and its relationship to salvation, this is a well researched and carefully exegeted book and a model of scholarship. Jewett is consistent with his theology and this is a strong case for the credo-baptist position (along with George R. Beasley-Murray).
Matt Carpenter
This book is the best Baptist book on infant baptism that I've read. It presents a view of covenant theology and believer's baptism that answers many questions. That being said, it doesn't fully embrace God's covenant with His people and misses the mark in several instances. Nonetheless it is a good book that Reformed Baptists should be familiar with.
Bryce Lee
Jewett presents a remarkably exhaustive assessment of each and every argument for, and against, infant Baptism. Be it from logic, covenental history, scriptural evidence, or the early church, this book explores every facet of the issue and presents, in astounding logical clarity, an air tight case for believer's baptism.
The greatest defense of believer's only baptism I've read. Though I disagree, I found much of what Jewett had to say very helpful as a critique of some of the bad arguments for infant baptism and it had a refining effect for me. Very good stuff.
Brittany Petruzzi
Not the most convincing argument for credo-baptism, but it's right up there with the best arguments for paedo-communion.
W. Littlejohn
Lordship term 2.

C'mon, I know there's more to be said for credo-baptism than this tripe.
Job Dalomba
This is the best book you can read arguing the credo baptist case from a covenantal view. Terrific.
Cray Allred
Fairest, most convincing defense of credobaptism I've read, by far.
Douglas Wilson
The best book I have read arguing the Baptist case. Outstanding.
Andre Rook
Best case for believer's baptism that I know of.
Lindsey Doolan
Really good book, pro-credo-baptism.
Firm foundational truth.
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