Typology is a subset of prophecy, where types, often in the Old Testament, point to the coming antitype (fulfillment), often found in the New Testament. Jonah being in the fish for 3 days is a type, Jesus rising on the 3rd day is the antitype (see Matt 12: 40).

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What exactly is the biblical reference to a serpent?

It seems that most places in the bible where serpents are referred to they are a reference to Satan/the devil. Yet in Mathew 10:16 Christ says, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of ...
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How does Absalom's death foreshadow Christ?

Absalom dies on a tree (2 Samuel 18). He's rebelled against his father, David, and taken the throne. He'd rallied all Israel to his side. David has fled, but he's sent in his army and they've totally ...