The rhetoric of typological interpretation
Haynie, Caroline Kinnett
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The purpose of this thesis is to study biblical language from the vantage point of rhetorical criticism, investigating how Christian audiences interpret biblical symbols. Studying the Bible from a Christian perspective, assuming its revelatory authority, the goal of this project is to define and illustrate biblical typology. Typology is a specific symbolic feature of the Bible and can be defined as a way of reading the Bible that is unique to Christianity, as a metaphoric method of interpretation that reads Old Testament characters and events in light of New Testament principles. To illustrate the theory of typology that is elucidated in this project, the Old Testament patriarchs are studied as biblical types, as figures who foreshadow and illuminate the New Testament coming of Christ and salvation. This study is applicable to believers and nonbelievers who seek to understand the rhetorical authority of biblical interpretation among religious groups.