The Between Moses And Jesus

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Symmetry is the backbone to the bible. It provides a comforting lull to the reader and it proves time and again to be effective at subtlety emphasizing the important motifs of the stories. The balance in the bible is found, also, in the characters. The authors of the New Testament used symmetry to their advantage and placed Mosaic motifs along with the story of Jesus of Nazareth. In doing so, the parallel between Moses and Jesus is a dominant theme that makes the New Testament both slightly predictable while also reinforcing Jesus’s role as the “lawgiver.” This archetype is interesting because religion is dominated by rules, and at the most basic level, the prophets created the rules in which followers of religion live by. The link between Moses and Jesus is inextricable and undeniable, causing the relationship to be so obvious even to the least experienced bible reader. The parallelism between the figures of Moses and Jesus is important because it emphasizes the necessity to have a leader in a religious group and illustrates the quiet difference between being the figurehead who receives the law of G-d versus the one who gives the law. In the symmetry, the figures of Moses and Jesus act as a balance where Jesus’ actions are representative, but not repetitive, of those biblical actions of Moses. Through water, numerical, and Passover motifs the story of Jesus is connected to the passages of Moses.
The most striking similarity is how the authors of the New Testament tied…
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