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December 16, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Peter Leithart has written two excellent commentaries, one on 1-2 Samuel and the other on 1-2 Kings.  In both commentaries he deals extensively with redemptive-historical issues.  Here is a quote from his 1-2 Kings commentary.

Starting with Moses, Jesus teaches his disciples that all the Old Testament Scriptures are about the sufferings and glory of Christ (Luke 24:27).  That hermeneutical rule is more obviously applicable to some passages than to others, but there is no problem applying it to 2 Kgs. 2.  Elijah is a type of John the Baptist (Matt. 11:14; Mark 9:9-13; Luke 1:17), and the transition from Elijah to Elisha foreshadows the succession from John to Jesus.  Like John, Elijah is a lone voice in the wilderness, but Elisha is surrounded by disciples.  Jesus’s ministry is a ministry of life-giving-miracles–cleansing lepers (Mark 1:40-45), raising dead sons and restoring them to their mothers (Luke 7:11-17), relieving distress.  Similarly, Elisha raises the dead (2 Kgs. 4:18-27), provides a meal for one hundred men from twenty loaves of barley bread (4:42-44), cleanses a leper (2 Kgs. 5).  On the surface of things, Elisha is a type of Jesus.  But the typology works another way as well: Elijah is a type of Jesus himself, and Elisha of the disciples who continued Jesus’s ministry after his ascension.  (Leithart, 1-2 Kings, 171)

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