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Do you know the difference between a Biblical type and a symbol? Or that the Old Testament itself is full of these types, which have a counterpart in the New Testament? “The Christian culture, like any other culture, has a language all of its own. It is the language of Divine origin – the language of the sign and the symbol.”

In the spotlight this Friday is Interpreting the Symbols and Types, a phenomenal little book which came highly recommended to me by one of my favorite Bible teachers. I in turn recommend it to any other Christian who wants to go to new places in his Bible studies. The book is a reference tool that I now take with me whenever I teach, and which often accompanies me in my personal devotions. It explains – among other things – the significance of creatures, colors, numbers, metals, and materials in scripture, and gives principles and guidelines for interpreting characters and types.

It is an excellent handbook for any serious disciple, and can be purchased secondhand for a song. How high and how depthless is the Word of God – and how exciting that He invites us to come and plumb His mysteries!

Emily Tomko
Emily Tomko
Emily writes with fierce compassion and a deep desire to see people freed from the miry clay of this world and walking in the truth. Emily is available to minister at women’s retreats and youth functions, college fellowships, and business women meetings.


  1. […] Scripture has a language all its own, and the more we study the Bible, the more we learn that nothing in it is “by accident.” Gold in the Bible represents divinity, royalty, and kingdom glory (see Exodus 25 and the instructions surrounding gold for the tabernacle, as well as Rev. 14:14, SS 5:11, et. al).  The significance of the wise men bringing gold to Jesus was a prophetic act, declaring Jesus’ deity and His kingliness (Matthew 2:2). […]

  2. […] outer court and inner court, and within the inner court was the Holy of Holies. The tabernacle was a type.  (A type is a real person, place event or thing which has a spiritual counterpart in the New […]

  3. […] ark, it bears noting, was a type of Christ. It sheltered Noah and his family even as the rest of the world rejected God and […]

  4. […] Both kings fled in terror, but Jehu shot Joram with his bow and arrow, through the heart. Jehu pursued Ahaziah and he suffered the same fate (note that in Scripture, an archer’s bow signifies judgment). […]

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