Types, Shadows, Christophanies Essay

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OT310: Genesis Term Paper Assignment


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Jia Hao Low







The book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible in chronological order. It is part of the Pentateuch written and compiled mostly by Moses. It is also often referred to as the Torah.

The word Genesis is a Greek word, which means Origin.

The Hebrew word of the word, Genesis (Raysheeth) means Beginning.

The purpose of Genesis is simply to record the handiwork of God. This is the foundational book for all books in the Bible, as most stories in the Bible can be traced back to this book.


The book of Genesis has 2 major divisions.

4 major events (Chapter 1 – 11)
Creation
Fall
Flood
Nations

4 major people
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As a result, in Christ, believers stand justified and redeemed, spiritually wealthy, liberated from sin, and included in the Paradise of God


Shadows

Hebrews 10:1 - For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.

In many ways, a “Shadow” is similar to a “type”.

An example of a “Shadow” is that of God’s law, which was given to Moses (Old Testament), which is a shadow of the New Law given by Christ (New Testament).
Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac can also be considered as a foreshadow of all sacrifices that would happen in the subsequent books, which in turn were types and shadows of the one great sacrifice that would be offered with the life of Jesus Christ.

Once again, would like to stress the significance of the image from which the shadow was casted. The image is far greater than the shadow; therefore we should be focusing more on the image, than the shadow.


Christophanies

In the Old Testament, Christ made numerous appearances to the saints, particularly in the book of Genesis. There are 3 persons in the Trinity. God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Both God the Father, and the Holy Spirit are not in a physical form, for they are both in the Spirit. Both being omnipresent, are not limited by the physical form at any