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Quote of the Week

I am reading R. T. France’s new commentary on Matthew and am thoroughly enjoying it.  He makes an important statement concerning typology when commenting on Matthew 2:13-15.

If it is supposed that typology must depend on exact correspondences, Matthew’s typology here is decidedly loose, not only in that Jesus is seen both as the deliverer and the delivered, but also in that whereas Moses escaped from Egypt and returned to it, Jesus (like Israel) does the opposite.  But typology depends on meaningful associations rather than exact correspondences, and in each of these quite different ways the mention of Egypt is sufficient to provide food for thought on the relation between the events God directed in Egypt more than a millennium ago and what the same God is now accomplishing through the new deliverer, who is identified by the prophetic text as his Son. (France, Matthew, 78).

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