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He is an instance of a prefigurement of the present and, that present having come to pass, a figure of authorization.
Jesus makes Jonah a type of himself (that is, a prefigurement of himself) as judge when he says: "Behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
The former position therefore justifies the liturgical practice of juxtaposing passages from the Old and New Testaments, given that the history of Israel before the time of Christ was a prefigurement of what was to come: "Now these things were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come" (1 Cor 10.
The text, in Wolfgang Iser's terms, is "a structured prefigurement .
The Church at prayer has seen in this humble queen interceding with all her heart for her suffering people, a prefigurement of Mary, whom her Son has given to us all as our Mother; a prefigurement of the Mother who protects by her love God's family on its earthly pilgrimage.
The Psalms continue to serve as a primary source of prayers, and even biblical prefigurements help teach the spiritual meaning of Christ's work.
He addresses lawyers like himself, Socratic commentators, and skeptics in his imaginary classroom in his effort to turn the dross of stories of injustice into the gol d of prefigurements of justice.
15) In these stories every punishment inflicted on Old Testament prefigurements of the messiah were also described as suffered by Jesus.