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Aspects Of Baptismal Images In Light Of Early Liturgical Documents

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Known and still existing structures from the fourth century demonstrate that by that time indoor baptismal spaces had become the norm. This chapter describes the design and decoration of a select group of early baptisteries, noting existing inscriptions or other documents that describe their specific structures or furnishings. It also considers the purpose and symbolic implications of architectural design in general, the possible meaning of the variety of shapes and sizes of both baptistery buildings and the fonts within them. Some baptisteries are free-standing and some attached, and their placements relative to the main church are consistent with early Christian baptisteries generally.

Keywords:baptisteries; early Christian



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