School of Divinity
Religion: Biblical Studies
Jesus, Elisha, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Typology, Miracles, Prophet
Tetreau, Jeremy, "Jesus, Elisha, and Moses: A Study in Typology" (2018). Senior Honors Theses. 733.
Because the Evangelists wrote with the intention of communicating specific, theological truths to their readers, the details they include in their gospels are important. Further, one way the story of the Bible unfolds and is theologically interpreted is through the use of repetition and typology. A number of the miracle accounts of Elisha are analogous to Jesus’ own miracles as recorded in the gospels. Because of this, it is likely that the Evangelists are inviting readers to understand Jesus in light of Old Testament prophets and events, specifically as the appearance of a Prophet-like-Moses. A Jesus-Elisha typology, then, must be understood as only one strand of this more intricate prophetic typology.