The Imago Dei


Imago Dei

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Coleman, R. (2024). The Imago Dei: The Superiority of Humanity. Old Testament Essays, 36(3), 649–708.


Arguments for humans and animals existing in the imago Dei derive from a desire to harmonize Genesis 1:26–28 and alleged scientific views derived from an evolutionary system. An accurate analysis of biblical anthropology reveals the uniqueness of humankind in the areas of distinctiveness (“of which there is only one”) and superiority (“standing alone in comparison with others, frequently by reason of superior excellence”). Considering the attempts to augment the biblical concept of the imago Dei, this paper argues humanity alone resides in the distinct status of being created in the image of God. Three sections will substantiate the unique design of humanity. First, a presentation of the historical view of the imago Dei. Second, an examination of evolution’s influence on the biblical rendering of the origin of humanity, human distinctiveness, recasting anthropology, and inferior groups. Third, emphasis on biblical anthropology in Genesis 1:26–28 that culminates with the offering of the lesser for the greater through divination and sacrifice.

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