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The figures or types of the Old Testament, by which Christ and the heavenly things of the Gospel were preached and shadowed to the people of God of old; explained and improved in sundry sermons

MATHER, Samuel

Published by n.p., [Dublin], 1683
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With 3 pages of index in a contemporary hand following the text. Modern calf, morocco spine label. Signature of Frederic Faber of University College on the paste-down (see below). First edition. Considered to be among the most significant and comprehensive treatises on Christian typology, this work - a collection of sermons and notes written by Samuel Mather, and subsequently edited and published posthumously by his brother, Nathaniel Mather -carries on the traditional teachings of his illustrious family. Typology is, broadly, the interpretation of people and events in the Old Testament in a manner that portends the life of Christ and events in the New Testament. The author's definition of "type" embraces the idea that "some outward or sensible thing ordained of God under the Old Testament to represent and hold forth something of Christ in the New," which "represents a higher spiritual thing, which may be called a sign or a resemblance . . . ." Typology was used extensively in sermons, conversion narratives, and poetry. The title of each sermon begins with the word "Gospel" signifying Mather's belief that the Gospel is already contained in the Old Testament. Other well-known writers of typology included Jonathan Edwards, Emily Dickinson, Milton (in Paradise Lost), and later Puritan historians such as Cotton Mather and Edward Johnson.Samuel Mather (1626-1671), whose father, Richard Mather, was a founder of the Massachusetts theocracy and the grandfather of Cotton Mather, was the first of the five named Fellows of Harvard University, according to the University's original charter. Faber (1814-1863), British hymn writer and theologian, was a follower of John Henry Newman and joined the Roman Catholic Church in 1845. He was best known for his work Faith of our fathers, one of many hymns he wrote which are used in Protestant collections as well. In addition to his many hymns, he wrote pamphlets, books, and numerous translations. Bookseller Inventory # 14228

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Title: The figures or types of the Old Testament, ...

Publisher: n.p., [Dublin]

Publication Date: 1683


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