Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Imago Dei

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_830

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Imago Dei is the Latin translation of “image of God,” which is the designation of the human being in Genesis 1:27. The original Hebrew text seems to suggest that implied in this designation are features that give the human a similar function like those of memorial stones in ancient Middle East: The presence of such stones was intended to make people remember who the ruler in a given area was. When this symbolic function is given to the human as an initial characteristic of its creaturely status, its religious meaning is that the human is the species whose presence on Earth shall be a sign of God as the creator and ruler of the universe.

From a theological point of view, imago Deimay be interpreted as a designation of the human that has several different functions: It draws a clear line between God and the human, creator and creature; it separates the human as a species with a specific distinction from and over against...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.(MF) Norwegian School of TheologyMajorstua, OsloNorway