Author: Mother Melania
Everywhere in the Old Testament, the Fathers of the Church see Christ, the Theotokos, and the Church revealed. The Fathers always understood the Old Testament in light of the New. Moses in the basket is a type of baptism. Jacob crossed his hands to bless Joseph's younger son (Ephraim) over his older son (Manasseh) -- a prefiguring both of the Cross and of the surpassing of the Old Covenant by the New. The series begins with the life of Moses because the Passover (Pascha) of Moses and the Israelites at the Red Sea is the focal point of the Old Covenant and a key scripture associated with Christ s Pascha. The series will continue with several Moses stories and include others that are also associated with Christ's Pascha: Jonah and the fish, the Three Youths in the furnace, Elijah raising the widow s son. Using simple verse and colorful, semi-iconographic illustrations that are both sweet and reverent, the series aims to introduce children and their parents to the profound truths revealed in the pages of the Old Testament. Our hope is that the readers will develop a thirst to meet Christ in the Scriptures that so richly reveal Him.
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