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Baptism |
Indoor baptism

Baptism is drawn from Chapter Two, beginning on page 50, of Volume Three, By This Sign of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit

Pools and basins served early Christians as the sacramental spring became a ‘font’

Baptism - Indoor baptism

Baptism - Indoor baptism
This second-century font at Dura Europas was shaped like a tomb out of which the newly baptized emerged.

When Christians first began to designate specific buildings for worship, baptismal facilities became an important feature. In the East, the earliest were pools or cisterns in which a new Christian could be totally immersed. In the West, shallower pools were hewn from the stone within the Roman catacombs, and a neophyte stood with feet immersed while another person poured water over him or her, or water was released from an overhead stream or passageway. Such a basin was often called a fons, a spring of water, eventually yielding the word “font” to describe any such sacramental vessel no matter what size or how elaborate.

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