At 11:52 PM +0000 2/17/98, Peter EYS wrote:
>> An additional key point is the strong likelihood that Mt
>> 28:18-20 is a later
>> addition. This is indicated by "...in the name of the
>> Father and of the Son
>> and of the Holy Spirit" -- a Trinitarian-like formula.
>> This was surely
>> added by someone else than the original writer of Matthew,
>> in an attempt to
>> counteract the preceding anti-gentile material.
>> Jim Deardorff
TTD: Jim, I will soon be at home where I can look at my GNT. Then I'll know
whether or not this is actually an insertion or not. I don't know if you've
thought about this, but the formula " . . .father, son and HS . . ." could
be an early baptisimal formula that was used in Syria (q.v. The Teaching of
the Twelve Apostles, also known as the "Didache"). When you count the
number of times the "father-son-HS" phrase occurs in the NT and in the
Didache, it comes up almost as many times as the phase ". . . in the name
of Jesus" in the book of Acts itself. This confuses me.
Open to suggestions