Classic Reprints, an imprint of Vance Publications, reprints old and rare books and journal articles that are considered profitable for scholarly research. Most of the works selected for reprint are from the nineteenth century, and have therefore been out of print for many years. All books and articles are digitally reproduced "as is"-- nothing has been altered or updated. The reader should note, however, that the quality of the finished copy ultimately depends on the quality of the original, which in some cases is a well-worn book or journal or a microfilm copy of the same. The opinions expressed by each individual author are not necessarily those of Vance Publications. All books are reproduced one original page per page (not two pages sideways) in a slightly enlarged 8.5 x 11 size. Books over 250 pages are bound with a hardcover binding and endsheets. Books under 250 pages are bound with a plastic comb binding. Either way, the title and author of the book appear on the spine.


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Classic Reprints No. 4
A Sermon on Christian Baptism, With Many Quotations from Pedobaptist Authors. To Which Are Added a Letter of the Church in Plymouth, Mass.; and an Address on the Mode of Baptizing
By Adoniram Judson

Fifth American Edition
1846
116 pages
$15.00

Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) is well known as the great Baptist missionary to Burma. What is not so well know, however, is that he left for the mission field a Congregationalist and came back a Baptist. While on his voyage, he changed his views on the mode and subjects of baptism and was later baptized. This sermon was first preached on September 27, 1812, in Calcutta, India. This fifth American edition was the last revised and enlarged by the author.

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Classic Reprints No. 22
Baptism for the Dead
By S. W. Whitney, et al.

1852-1884
76 pages
$10.00

A compilation of articles by five nineteenth-century Baptist ministers on the highly-controversial Mormon prooftext "baptized for the dead" in 1 Corinthians 15:29.

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Classic Reprints No. 24
The Rise of the Use of Pouring and Sprinkling for Baptism
By Norman Fox

1882
33 pages
$10.00

Reprinted from The Baptist Review, this article by the nineteenth-century Baptist minister Norman Fox is a study of when, why, and how pouring and sprinkling for baptism came to be used instead of immersion.

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Classic Reprints No. 28
Infant Baptism an Invention of Men
By Irah Chase

1863
272 pages
$35.00

First published by the American Baptist Publication Society, this exhaustive treatise on baptism was originally written as a reply to the baptismal views of Horace Bushnell. Includes additional articles on Origen's testimony respecting the baptism of children and on baptism for the dead.

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Classic Reprints No. 38
Immersion Essential to Christian Baptism
By John A. Broadus

1892
66 pages
$10.00

A detailed treatise on the mode of baptism by the distinguished nineteenth-century Baptist minister John Broadus.

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Classic Reprints No. 40
The Baptist Reply to James Dale on Baptism
By A. C. Kendrick, et al.

1869-1879
117 pages
$15.00

Presbyterian minister James Dale (1812-1881) authored what has been considered by pedobaptists to be the definitive work on the mode of baptism. In his five volumes on baptism, numbering over 1800 pages (Classic Baptism [1867], Judaic Baptism [1869], Johannic Baptism [1871], Christic Baptism [1874], and Patristic Baptism [1874]), Dale is credited with proving, against the Baptists, that Christian baptism could not be by immersion. Because Dale's volumes were reprinted in the 1990s, it is essential that the Baptist reply to Dale, written during the period 1869-1879, likewise be reprinted. This collection of articles is both a devastating critique of Dale and a treatise on scriptural Baptism. Also included are two reviews critical of Dale by writers for two pedobaptist publications.

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Classic Reprints No. 55
Studies on Baptism
By C. E. W. Dobbs, et al.

1836-1891
336 pages
$40.00

A compilation of articles by nineteen nineteenth-century Baptist ministers on the subject of baptism. Includes articles on the baptismal controversy, ancient baptisteries, rebaptism, Jewish proselyte baptism, the church fathers and baptism, baptism and remission, the proper mode and subjects of baptism, the administrator of baptism, and the baptismal formula. Taken from The Baptist Quarterly, The Baptist Quarterly Review, and The Christian Review, this compilation of articles comprises one of the most encyclopedic studies of baptism from a Baptist perspective ever assembled.

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Classic Reprints No. 56
Infant Baptism, Communion, Church Membership, and Salvation
By Henry C. Vedder, et al.

1838-1882
298 pages
$35.00

A compilation of articles by twelve nineteenth-century Baptist ministers on the subject of infant baptism and the related topics of infant communion, infant church membership, and infant salvation. Taken from The Baptist Review, The Baptist Quarterly, and The Christian Review, this compilation of articles comprises one of the most encyclopedic studies of infant baptism from a Baptist perspective ever assembled.

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Classic Reprints No. 69
A Review of Professor Stuart on Christian Baptism
By Willard Judd

1836
371 pages
$40.00

Before the Presbyterian scholar James Dale (1812-1881) wrote his five volumes in defense of infant baptism by sprinkling, the Congregationalists had Moses Stuart (1780-1852). Stuart, a professor at Andover Theological Seminary, was the premier Pedobaptist scholar of his day. In the pages of Andover's The Biblical Repository, he wrote a lengthy treatise on baptism in 1833 called "Is the Manner of Christian Baptism Prescribed in the New Testament?" Stuart's work was in the same year published separately as a small book. But like the works of Dale, the Baptists likewise answered the work of Stuart. The first to do so was Willard Judd (1804-1840), who issued a reply in the New York Baptist Register, which was later expanded into the book reprinted here. This edition of Judd's work is enhanced by the addition of the complete text of Stuart's original treatise on baptism, a brief biographical sketch of Stuart by the Baptist Alvah Hovey (1820-1903), who acknowledges Stuart's scholarly abilities, a lengthy biographical sketch of the author by Orrin B. Judd (1816-1892), and an introductory essay to Stuart's work by the Baptist J. R. Graves (1820-1893), who republished Stuart's work in 1855, not "for the sake of Prof. Stuart's reasonings, but for the authorities and facts which he submits." Graves considered Stuart's "admissions, his facts and authorities" to be "conclusively in favor of the Baptists; while his reasonings, or rather inferences, are in favor of Pedobaptists, and characteristically Pedobaptistic."

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Classic Reprints No. 82
The History of Baptism
By Robert Robinson
1790
669 pages
$65.00

A reprint of the largest history of Baptism from a Baptist perspective ever written.

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Classic Reprints No. 92
The Design of Baptism, Viewed in its Relation to the Christian Life
By Irah Chase

1851
204 pages

$20.00

The first section of this book, from which the title was taken, was first given as an introductory discourse before the Boston Association of Baptist Churches in 1828. This is supplemented by five additional articles on baptism relating to the church father Irenaeus, Edward Robinson's Greek lexicon, the sufficiency of water for baptizing in Palestine, infant baptism, and baptismal regeneration.

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Classic Reprints No. 134
Infant Baptism and a Regenerated Church Membership Irreconcilable
By W. H. H. Marsh
1872
34 pages

$10.00


Reprinted from Bibliotheca Sacra, this Baptist writer examines the contradictory explanations of pedobaptists regarding the relation which baptized infants sustain to the church.

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