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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Typological interpretation:

A mode of biblical exegesis initiated by Saint Paul. According to typological or figural interpretation, persons and events in the Old Testament (called types, or figurae) are viewed as foreshadowings of similar persons or events in the New Testament: Abraham and Moses, for example, are seen as types for Jesus Christ.

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