Interpreting Scripture through types and symbols has long been part of Christian Tradition. Early Church Fathers made great use of the method known as ‘typology’ in order to present Jesus Christ as the centre of all history (cf. Verbum Domini ~41). Whether it be the Crossing of the Red Sea as a reflection (or type) of baptism, or Old Testament figures such as Isaac, Jonah or Joseph as foreshadowing the life of Jesus Christ; discovering patterns of God in time and space continues to be vital for growing in Christian faith and understanding. This online course will explore some introductory aspects of typology using sources primarily from Early Church Fathers and more recent scholarship. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.
Christopher Hayman is Religious Education Coordinator at Maronite College of the Holy Family, Parramatta and is currently completing a PhD in Education at The University of Notre Dame (Sydney) focussing on Catholic secondary schools and evangelisation. In 2014 he was awarded the Archbishop’s Prize for Excellence in Postgraduate Theology and holds a Bachelor of Music, Graduate Diploma of Education, and a Master of Arts (Theological Studies). Christopher has presented at a number of conferences, including the “2019 Catholic School Leaders’ Summit” at Franciscan University of Steubenville (USA). Together with his wife Ruth, Christopher regularly participates in parish-based evangelisation and faith formation activities.