Figural Reading (Seitz)

Product DetailsI just got Christopher Seitz’s Figured Out: Typology and Providence in Christian Scripture (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001).  Since I have sermons to write I only had time to read the intro so far, but it looks like this will be an amazing read.  Here’s the summary of the introduction.

“Figural reading is not an exegetical technique.  It is an effort to hear the two-testament witness to God in Christ, taking seriously its plain sense, in conjunction with apostolic teaching.  This teaching is guided by the conviction that the persons of the Trinity are to be seen in their fundamental unity, as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, one God.  And this teaching is derived from the two-testament witness itself.  This reciprocating character of authority means that literalism, propositionalism, historicism, and the new spiritualism are ruled out, so that the figural word of Holy Scripture might be heard afresh in each new generation of faith, until the providentially ordered new creation descends with its risen and eternal Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Can’t wait to start reading this!

shane lems