ANTITYPE (Gr. ἀντίτυπος), 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 antitype
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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