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Author(s): Mathys, Hans-Peter
1. Term Typology derives from Gk. typtō, “strike.” The typos is what is struck, a seal or mold, which is then used for a model or pattern. As in the case of sealing, also printing or typing, it may refer both to the mold and to the impress. Typology has this basic meaning in view. In the Bible, OT events, institutions, or persons may be patterns or prototypes (typoi) that prefigure the NT events, institutions, or persons that deepen and fulfill them and that are called antitypes (antitypoi). A specific view of salvation history underlies typology. Later typology became a hermeneut…