Who was the first person to start baptism/baptising (it’s not John the Baptist)?

Who was the first person to start baptism/baptising (it’s not John the Baptist)?
We were discussing this at church and I can’t figure out who it is. My pastor already told me it’s not John the Baptist.

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King Clovis in France

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8 Responses to “Who was the first person to start baptism/baptising (it’s not John the Baptist)?”

  • ICToA says:

    Some Egyptian maybe.
    could have been earlier.
    (remember Achilles was dipped into the river Styx)
    *Desert people have alot of water/cleansing rituals, not just Judaic.

    Being baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit came later. (looks it up)

  • Misses M says:

    The dood who invented the toilet.
    Thomas crapper or something.

  • T J M says:

    The Essenes (of which Christ & John the Baptist were) had been baptizing for almost three hundred years before Christ appeared.
    The following is possibly the first recorded scripture regarding baptism:
    (Is 1:16) “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from My eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good.”

  • misty0408 says:

    I don’t know that we know. The ancient Christian Churches have pictures on the walls of infants being baptized, we know in the book of the Acts of the Apostles that they baptized “entire households” which would most likely have included infants.

  • Ptah says:

    It was done daily by the priests of Amen, in their temples.

  • sphinsa says:

    Since “baptism” “baptising” are both greek words you would have to look in the new testament. If you are looking for various washings in water, every pagan culture since the beginning of time has had a washing in water of some sort. That’s why baptising in water is pagan. We are to be washed in blood not water…which is pagan.

  • Theresa S says:

    I’d guess John the baptist got the idea from someone else. Maybe the Greeks? But they weren’t baptized into Christianity. I don’t think John the Baptist baptized into Christianity even really. So if you are talking about real baptisms, maybe Jesus when he baptized John the Baptist.

  • kj7gs says:

    Depends on what denomination you are. If baptism replaces circumcision, we’re back to Abraham. If you are talking baptism itself as an institution, Christ would have instituted it of course at His own baptism “to fulfill all righteousness.”

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