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    Matthew 28:19 In Original Gospel of Matthew: Trinitarian Formula or Not?

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    How do we know that Matthew 28:19 is original?

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    The book of Acts and Paulís epistles repeatedly show the original baptismal formula was to baptize into only Jesusí name. See Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:43; 19:5; Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13-15.


    Flatly, we don't. However,

    επι - epi - upon: Acts 2:38,
    εις - heis - into: Acts 8:16, 19:5, Gal 3:27, Rom 6:3, 1 Cor 1:13, 15, Matt 28:19
    εν - en - in: Acts 10:48
    Acts 10:43 - no direct reference to baptism

    1/ εις is frequently used where εν would normally be expected (BDAG).
    2/ In Matt 28:19, baptise is in the active voice, the other occurrences are passives.

    Thus, the person in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit baptises; the person getting baptised gets baptised into Christ. The claim then, that "Jesus, however, cannot have given His disciples this Trinitarian order of baptism after His resurrection; for the New Testament knows only one baptism in the name of Jesus," stands unsubstantiated.

    "the Trinitarian formula occurs only in Matt. 28:19, and then only again (in the) Didache 7:1"
    The problem with the argument here? Not that 7:1 gives any clear statement of trinity, but the Didache dates to circa AD 96. The Didache does however, give a clear indication here and there of familiarity with the gospels.

    Even so, Matthew 28:19 still needs to be considered with caution. "It may be that this formula, [i.e., the Trinitarian Baptismal Formula of Matthew 28:19] so far as the fullness of its expression is concerned, is a reflection of the liturgical usage established later in the primitive community." may well be true.
    Last edited by tabibito; 04-07-2019 at 06:04 AM.
    και εκζητησατε με και ευρησετε με οτι ζητησετε με εν ολη καρδία υμων

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