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In Christianity, baptism—either by plunging in water or by sprinkling with it—represents the first act of incorporation “into Christ” and into the fellowship of the church. Further acts of incorporation are confirmation (Initiation Rites 2) and the Eucharist. Other religious societies have similar rites (Initiation Rites 1). Jewish proselyte baptism incorporates the baptized not only into the religious fellowship but also into God’s covena…

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Fahlbusch, Erwin, Schnelle, Udo, Wainwright, Geoffrey, Leonard, Bill J., Grethlein, Christian and Stein, Albert, “Baptism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B14>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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