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ANTITYPE (Gr. avriruaos)

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 147 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ANTITYPE (Gr. avriruaos), the correlative of " type," to which it corresponds as the stamp to the die, or vice versa. In the sense of copy or likeness the word occurs in the Greek New Testament (Heb. ix. 24; 1 Peter iii. 21), English " figure." By theological writers antitype is employed to denote'the reality of which a type is the prophetic symbol. Thus, Christ is the anti-type of many of the types of the Jewish ritual. By the fathers of the Greek church (e.g. Gregory Nazianzen) antitype is employed as a designation of the bread and wine in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
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