TYPOLOGY

Typology: Biblical comparisons and links made between persons, events, things and institutions of one biblical period and those of another, particularly between those of the OT and the NT.

The term is derived from the Greek word typos, meaning "impression, mark, image" and, by metaphorical extension, an example or model.

Typology is employed by the biblical authors to show continuity in God's plan, the "pattern in the carpet" of redemptive history.

Patzia & Petrotta, Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies (2002), 119-120.