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Typology: Scripture, Nature, and All of Reality

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0008
Typology: Scripture, Nature, and All of Reality

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Jonathan Edwards made extensive use of the long Christian tradition of typology to see in the Old Testament, as his predecessors had seen, adumbrations (“types”) of New Testament fulfillments (“antitypes”). But he expanded that traditional use to view the entire system of nature as the voice of God to intelligent creatures, proclaiming the glories of Christ and His redemption. Yet for Edwards all of history—not only what is called biblical history—is also signification, marking the presence of something else. Philosophically, all being is communicative. Typology therefore was not only a major theme in Edwards's theology but also an integral part of the way he viewed reality. This extended to the history of religions.

Keywords: typology; types; nature; history; history of religions; biblical typology

Chapter.  6370 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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