Saturday, August 24, 2013

history repeats - not

Dennis E. Johnson in Him We Proclaim:

The biblical understanding of history is not cyclical but linear. Thus the element of resemblance or similarity that is highlighted when the New Testament interprets an Old Testament event, person, or institution as a typos [type] - a preview pattern of Christ and his redemptive work-is not based on the perspective of the common cliché, ‘history repeats itself.’ Rather, history has a direction. It is moving toward a specific goal, the triumph of God and the universal acknowledgment of the kingship of God.

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