Friday, February 19, 2010

Bible Types and Word Pictures

One of the reasons why I remain a Catholic Christian is the presence of miraculous Bible types and word pictures in the Bible.

Types and word pictures comprise a systematic presence of symbols foreshadowing God's salvation process in the Old and New Testaments.

Types are words symbolizing components of the salvation process.

Word pictures are set forth in one or more verses, in which the action in those verses symbolizes components of the salvation process.

Usually, word pictures are constructed out of one or more types.

Here's a good example...

Near the end of the Book of Genesis, my favorite book of the Bible, Joseph the Patriarch introduces his two children to his father Jacob, who goes to bless them...

13 Then Joseph took the two, Ephraim with his right hand, to Israel's left, and Manasseh with his left hand, to Israel's right, and led them to him.
14 But Israel, crossing his hands, put out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, although he was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, although he was the first-born.
15 Then he blessed them with these words... Genesis 48:13-15.

Now, remember as we analyze this: This is a Jewish book in the Bible's Old Testament, and that these words are older than Christianity itself.

Here's the best painting of this event I could find on-line...

First, do you see the cross at Skull Place, in this very Jewish story?

It's Jacob's crossed arms, on the heads of Manasseh and Ephraim -- "skull places"!!!

And note well that blessing comes from that "cross" on a "skull place," just as blessing comes to the Church from the cross of Christ at Skull Place!

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