Did the Early Church Baptize Infants?
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Though Joachim Jeremias’ ‘Infant Baptism in the First Four Centuries’ was originally published in 1938, an English translation did not appear until 1960 (based on the revised German edition of 1958). In 1961, Kurt Aland published his response to Jeremias’ assertions. This English translation of ‘Die Sauglingstaufe im Neuen Testament und in der alten Kirche’ originally appeared in 1963. In this point by point refutation of Jeremias’ main contentions, Aland insists that there is no direct evidence of infant baptism prior to the third century.