Editor’s Note: The following essay appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Eikon.
So much ink has been spilled debating and discussing the imago dei. Can anyone possibly improve our thinking on this topic? Is an attempt to do so arrogance?
Recent study undertaken on the primary sources since the publication of the second edition of Kingdom through Covenant in June of 2018 has led me to a better grasp and understanding of the ancient texts. I would like to focus here on the consensus in scholarship today and seek to show what can be improved or needs to be altered as far as this consensus is concerned. In the conclusion I shall seek to interpret what this means for human being and function in the world.
State of the Art
Let us first note a few important publications on the imago dei. Some show the consensus existing today while others represent the most recent treatments.
We begin with the treatment of dĕmut (likeness) and ṣelem (image) in the Theological Dictionary of…