The ruin of Jerusalem, a type of the ruin of the world, forty years after
the death of Jesus. "I know not," as a man, or as an ambassador (Mark 13:32;
Jesus condemned by the Jews and the Gentiles.
The Jews and the Gentiles typified by the two sons. St. Augustine City of
God, xx. 29.
655. The six ages, the six Fathers of the six ages, the six wonders at the
beginning of the six ages, the six mornings at the beginning of the six
656. Adam forma futuri.117 The six days to form the one, the six ages to
form the other. The six days, which Moses represents for the formation of
Adam, are only the picture of the six ages to form Jesus Christ and the
Church. If Adam had not sinned, and Jesus Christ had not come, there had
been only one covenant, only one age of men, and the creation would have
been represented as accomplished at one single time.
657. Types.--The Jewish and Egyptian peoples were plainly foretold by the
two individuals whom Moses met; the Egyptian beating the Jew, Moses avenging
him and killing the Egyptian, and the Jew being ungrateful.
658. The symbols of the Gospel for the state of the sick soul are sick
bodies; but, because one body cannot be sick enough to express it well,
several have been needed. Thus there are the deaf, the dumb, the blind, the
paralytic, the dead Lazarus, the possessed. All this crowd is in the sick
659. Types.--To show that the Old Testament is only figurative and that the
prophets understood by temp***blessings other blessings, this is the
First, that this would be unworthy of God.
Secondly, that their discourses express very clearly the promise of temp***
blessings, and that they say nevertheless that their discourses are obscure,
and that their meaning will not be understood. Whence it appears that this
secret meaning was not that which they openly expressed, and that
consequently they meant to speak of