The Old and New Testaments had always given the liturgy a historical dimension, expressed not least in the typological linking of Old Testament "types" to New Testament "antitypes" ("antitype" means "imprint": the term is from die-stamping and has nothing to do with hostility). — Alexander Murray, 8

Typology (or typological symbolism) is a Christian form of biblical interpretation that proceeds on the assumption that God placed anticipations of Christ in the laws, events, and people of the Old Testament. Typology, which had enormous influence on medieval Europe, seventeenth century England, and Victorian Britain, not only provided literature and art with powerfully imaginative images but also influenced attitudes towards reality and time as well.

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References

Murray, Alexander. "Modern Gothic" Times Literary Supplement (24 October 2008): 7-9.


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