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TYPOLOGY OF SCRIPTURE,
THE DOCTRINE OF TYPES
Juurstigated in its Priuriples,
APPLIED TO THE EXPLANATION OF THE EARLIER REVELATIONS OF
THE LEADING TRUTHS OF THE GOSPEL.
REV. PATRICK FAIRBAIRN,
TWO VOLUMES IN ONE.
In now presenting the following pages to the Public, the Author has nothing to add to what is stated in the Introduction, regarding their leading object, or the opening which at present exists for a work of this nature. It is intended to supply, what all, who have turned their attention seriously to the subject, must have felt to be a desideratum—to rescue the typology of Scripture, if possible, from the arbitrariness and uncertainty which have hitherto enveloped it, and to derive from it somewhat of real and substantial service toward the interpretation of the mind and purposes of God. How far he has succeeded in accomplishing this end, it is of course for others, not for himself, to decide.
It will be seen, on a slight inspection, that the second Part depends for the method of treatment pursued in it upon the first; and that the latter can be regarded as just and proper, only if the views and principles unfolded in the former are well understood and approved of. The one stands as the foundation, the other as the building raised on it. If this is overlooked, and the second Part is read and considered by itself, partial and erroneous judgments will naturally come to be formed. That all, who read what is here written, will go along with the Author in the views and principles he has endeavoured to establish in the first Part, or with every application he has made of them in the second, he is not so sanguine as to hope—considering, especially, how the line of inquiry he has pursued leads sometimes through what has hitherto received