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266 Studia Biblica et

by S. R. Driver
266 Studia Biblica et Ecclesiastica. evidence from the western Church as to the mode of administer-ing baptism to catechumens. Ex. 23. Tombstone from Aquileia. Fifth century. We have described the Vatican glass fragment above, Ex. 13. A similar treatment appears on a fifth- century tombstone at Aquileia, which was probably erected in memory of a young girl who died soon after her baptism. She is represented as standing in a large bowl, nude, wear-ing a necklace, and holding her hands down ( Fig. 21). The water streams on her over the crescent - shaped lower edge of a circular open-ing which is sown with small crosses or stars and out of which a dove flies. On the right a man in a tunic lays his hand on her head; to the left stands a haloed figure clothed in a toga and pointing to her with his right hand. There is a tree on each side of the group1. This is described by Garrucci as an example of baptism by affusion  as well as immersion (!). Ex. 24. Spoon from Aquileia. Fourth or fifth century. From the same place comes a spoon, dating from the fourth or fifth century, with a scene of the same nature engraved on its bowl ( Fig. 22). A nude figure stands in a large shallow 1 Garr., vol. vi, tav. 487, 26.—- Bull., 1876, tav. 1, 2. Fig. 21 ( after Garrucci). Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index t

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266 Studia Biblica et Ecclesiastica. evidence from the western Church as to the mode of administer-ing baptism to catechumens. Ex. 23. Tombstone from Aquileia. Fifth century. We have described the Vatican glass fragment above, Ex. 13. A similar treatment appears on a fifth- century tombstone at Aquileia, which was probably erected in memory of a young girl who died soon after her baptism. She is represented as standing in a large bowl, nude, wear-ing a necklace, and holding her hands down ( Fig. 21). The water streams on her over the crescent - shaped lower edge of a circular open-ing which is sown with small crosses or stars and out of which a dove flies. On the right a man in a tunic lays his hand on her head; to the left stands a haloed figure clothed in a toga and pointing to her with his right hand. There is a tree on each side of the group1. This is described by Garrucci as an example of baptism by affusion ' as well as immersion' (!). Ex. 24. Spoon from Aquileia. Fourth or fifth century. From the same place comes a spoon, dating from the fourth or fifth century, with a scene of the same nature engraved on its bowl ( Fig. 22). A nude figure stands in a large shallow 1 Garr., vol. vi, tav. 487, 26.—- Bull., 1876, tav. 1, 2. Fig. 21 ( after Garrucci). << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index t
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