Completed September 4, 2019, Norman, Oklahoma. Commissioned by Rachel Wolz.
In Christian theology, typology is the study of the ways in which various characters and events in
the Old Testament prefigure the coming of Jesus Christ. This goes beyond mere symbolism; the idea is
that "types" don't just allegorically represent the future events they refer to but actually make them
present; in philosophical language, they "effect what they signify." When Scripture says that Christ
comes "in the fullness of time," it doesn't simply mean that He comes when the time is right, but that
all of time finds its true meaning in Him. Once hidden in types, the mystery of "the source [and]
ending" of creation is now fully revealed in Jesus. I find an interesting parallel to this concept in
variation writing, where the theme is present in its various permutations, hidden beneath the
compositional techniques used to obscure it. This piece begins with five variations, each of which
loosely reflects events in redemptive history chronicled in the Hebrew Scriptures. Not until the end is
the theme - Of the Father's Love Begotten - revealed, representing that holy, eternal moment in time
when "the babe, the world's Redeemer, first revealed His sacred face."
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