Leithart: Recaptitualing Israel

In Recapitualing Israel, Peter Leithart writes

The early life of Moses anticipates the later history of Israel. Moses is rescued from water, flees from an attack by Pharaoh, finds water in the wilderness, meets Yahweh on the mountain of God, moves to a new land. The life of Moses also looks backward, recapitulating the life-history of Jacob. Moses is a new Jacob as well as the head of a redeemed Israel.

Leithart continues:

This isn’t the last time Israel is re-founded by a new Jacob. I showed in detail in A Son To Me that David’s life too runs closely parallel to the life of Jacob. David is a new Moses and a new-new Jacob, refounding Israel not as a collection of tribes but as a kingdom. And we can press further: Elijah’s life recapitulates the life of Moses, and if Moses is a new Jacob, then Elijah is a new-new-new Jacob.

By the time we get to Jesus, the Jacob story has been thickly layered with Mosaic, Davidic, and prophetic overlays.

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