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Image of God
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A phrase found several times in the book of Genesis (Gen 1:7–27; 5:1–3; 9:6). Distinguishes humankind from the animal and plant kingdoms. Elevates humankind above all terrestrial created things so as to exercise benevolent and ethical stewardship over creation. Image of God language is found in the New Testament as part of the Christian’s responsibility to imitate Christ, who is the image(r) of God par excellence.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Image of God
Image of God A phrase found several times in the book of Genesis (Gen 1:7–27; 5:1–3; 9:6). Distinguishes humankind from the animal and plant kingdoms. Elevates humankind above all terrestrial created things so as to exercise benevolent and ethical stewardship over creation. Image of God language is found
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Image of God (OT)
IMAGE OF GOD (OT). Even though the statement of humanity’s creation in the image of God appears to have had less importance in the biblical tradition than it assumed in later theological discussion, this statement clearly constitutes an important and positive affirmation about humanity’s place in the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Image of God
Image of God. Likeness to God, the most basic affirmation to be made concerning the nature of man from a Christian perspective. Man is unique among the creatures in that he is like God and therefore able to have communion and fellowship with God.Genesis 1:26, 27 teaches that God determined to create
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Image of God
IMAGE OF GOD Likeness to God, the most basic affirmation to be made concerning the nature of human beings from a Christian perspective. Humans are unique among the creatures in that they are like God and therefore able to have communion and fellowship with God.Genesis 1:26–27 teaches that God determined
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Image of God
image of God, a key term for understanding the divine-human relationship in biblical thought. The exact meaning of the phrase in Gen. 1:26–27 and 9:6 is uncertain, and numerous suggestions have been proposed. To speak of human beings (“Adam”) as created in the image of God apparently refers primarily
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Image of God
IMAGE OF GOD. Man, as created in the image of God, is distinguished from all other creatures. He is unique in that he was made for communion with and to be responsible to his Creator. God made man like Himself, as a personal being, and for Himself in an “I-Thou” relationship (Gen 1:26–27; 5:1–2; 9:6;
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Image of God
Image of GodA phrase employed twice by the Priestly writer to describe the unique relationship between humans and God. In the opening account of creation, the Priestly writer states that humankind, male and female, is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Later, in the aftermath of the Flood, the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Image of God
Image of God. †A designation of the distinguishing nature of humanity as originally created; in the New Testament Jesus Christ restores to fulness the image of God, both in himself and in the redeemed.The central passage for the image of God is Gen. 1:26, where Adam is said to have been created “in”
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Image of God
Image of godThe concept of the image of God appears in the Pauline literature in three distinct contexts: in reference to Christ (2 Cor 4:4; Phil 2:6; Col 1:15), in reference to males (1 Cor 11:7) and in reference to Christians (Col 3:10). Elsewhere in the NT the term appears only twice, in Hebrews
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Image of God
IMAGE OF GOD A term that signifies the unique position of man and woman in creation (Gen 1:26–28; 5:1–3; 9:6). As the narrative of creation makes clear, man and woman received a special place over creation, with kingship over the created order (Gen 1:26–28). A second vital clue to the meaning is provided
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Image of God
Image of God. Acc. to Gen. 1:26 f. and elsewhere, man was created in the image of God. The term was fundamental to the patristic understanding of the human person. However, until St *Augustine, the primary significance of the expression ‘Image of God’ was the Son Himself, man being a derived image
Key passages
Ge 1:26–27

And God said, “Let us make humankind in our image and according to our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of heaven, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every moving thing that moves upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his …

Ge 9:6

“As for the one shedding the blood of humankind, by humankind his blood shall be shed, for God made humankind in his own image.

1 Co 11:7

For indeed a man ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man.

1 Co 15:47–49

The first man is from the earth, made of earth; the second man is from heaven. As the one who is made of earth, so also are those who are made of earth, and as the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the one who is made of earth, we will also …

Jas 3:9

With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

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