Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Paul Bretscher

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 3:13-17; Leviticus 14:6, 51; Ruth 2:14; 1 Samuel 14:27; Exodus 12:22; Leviticus 4:6, 17; Leviticus 9:9; Numbers 19:18; Deuteronomy 33:24; 2 Kings 8:15; Luke 11:36; 1 Corinthians 10:2; Hebrews 9:10; Joel 2:28; Isaiah 32:15; Proverbs 1:23; Ezekiel 36:25; John 1:32-33; Acts 10:38; Psalm 2:7; Matthew 3:16; Luke 3:22; Isaiah 42:1; Mark 1:10f; Isaiah 44:2; Matthew 12:17; Mark 1:9-11


The idea for this study was not original with the author, but came £rom a suggestion made by Dr. Paul M. Bretscher, whose help and guidance as faculty adviser are also herewith acknowledged. At first glance, it might not appear that the subject is broad enough to warrant the time and the effort necessary for the preparation of a thesis. There are limitations, of course, not only because Scriptural references to the baptism of Jesus are quite brief, but also because theological studies on baptism have generally been more concerned about the nature and meaning of baptism as a sacrament then they have about the baptism of Jesus and its significance. But therein lies the challenge. Why was Jesus baptized, and what significance does this event have in relation to His person, His work, and the teachings of the Church concerning Him?

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