Jerry Smith says that these volumes are "calculated to utterly shatter the widespread unfounded contemporary mythology surrounding the meaning and usage of the original Greek words underlying our English word baptism. Daleâ€™s original five volumes (bound in four) constitute the most massive, thorough, accurate, and authoritative study ever made of this word, examining all the known occurrences of baptizo. Absolutely a must reading on this controversial subject! Dale writes in a clear and refreshingly irenic spirit... which will delight and inform scholar, student, and layman alike."
Dale spent twenty years writing this study concerning the meaning and mode of baptism. He interacts with all the relevant literature on the subject up to his time, the first volume appearing in 1867 and the last in 1874. J.H. Thayer in his entry in his Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Zondervan, 1962), says of this study: "If I were to utter my first impression, I should break out in unfeigned admiration."
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