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1ov) Uohn 20:28). From this time, rather than from that covered by the main body of the Gospels, the disciples' learning "the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19) can be dated, and therefore the skeletal oudine of the creed, oral at first and later (much later) written down (~8:37). The Gospels ascribe to these manifestations the imperative to baptize (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16), which is, far more than the breaking of bread in the Eucharist (~20:7), the sacramental foundation of the church in the theology of Acts (~22:16), as well as in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.
This has compelled the exegetes of the church to distinguish between the "first coming," in which the prophecy ofIsaiah about the suffering servant (Isa. 53) had already been fulfilled (-78:30-31), and the "second coming," prior to which the prophecy of Isaiah about the wolf and the lamb feeding together (Isa. 65:25) would not be fulfilled, and to assign the various prophecies to one or the other of these. By now, the period between the beginnings of the messianic hope in the people of Israel and the (first) coming of Christ, when his followers felt able to say that the time of waiting had ended, has shrunk to one-half or even onethird of the period since that first coming.
48. Hanson 1965-66. 49. Black 1981. 50. Witherington 1984. 51. Eldon Jay Epp inABD 6:909-10 (emphasis added). 52. Pelikan, Hotchkiss, and Price 1996, 16-17, 102-3. 53. E. J. Revell inABD 6:435. 33 Introduction ACTS of designating a special version of the text of the book of Acts that enjoyed such wide circulation and acceptance among ancient Christian writers as well as among later translators and exegetes. Much of this TPR is documented throughout the books of the New Testament in the apparatus ofNN7, especially in its citations of Codex D, although without many of the patristic citations.