Sorting out the “Baptisms” One, Two, Three–or More?

We read in the New Testament gospels of the “baptism of John,” spoken of quite specifically, with Jesus and his core original followers all joining that movement through baptism (Mark 27-33; Acts 1:21-22)–but then also the “one” baptism “into Christ” that Paul administers–which in fact makes one “united” with the heavenly Christ and part of his mystical “body” (1 Corinthians 1:14-17; Romans 6:1-4). And then there is the Triune baptism “into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” that is tacked onto Matthew’s gospel at the end, that became a standard formulation in later Christian tradition(Matthew 28:19-20). And one could add others–including the tradition of the three dippings rather than one, and other variations (Didache 7.) Here is a short video interview I did recently with Derek Lambert on this complex and fascinating topic:

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