Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Biblical Interpretation 13
The interpretation of types is a valid and biblical hermeneutic. It has been widely abused but nevertheless it is still valid for the interpreter to examine the passages which use typological language and work to understand their meanings. Typology is the doctrine of symbols and types. In a type there must be a resemblance between a form and an idea; it must not be accidental but real and substantial. There must be a true relationship between the type and the anti-type. The interpreter ought not to try to twist the passage to make it more than it is; there is no warrant to try and make the Scriptures say what we want. It is important to remember that most types deal with Christ. Types do not deal with trivial matters. They are always focused on crucial doctrines or key moral principles.