Liberating Image, The: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1

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For two thousand years, Christians have been intrigued by the somewhat enigmatic Imago Dei references in the book of Genesis. Much theological ink has been spilled mulling over the significance and meaning of these words: "Let us make humanity in our image, according to our likeness . . . "

In The Liberating Image, J. Richard Middleton takes on anew the challenge of interpreting the Imago Dei. Reflecting on the potential of the Imago Dei texts for developing an ethics of power ...

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Overview

For two thousand years, Christians have been intrigued by the somewhat enigmatic Imago Dei references in the book of Genesis. Much theological ink has been spilled mulling over the significance and meaning of these words: "Let us make humanity in our image, according to our likeness . . . "

In The Liberating Image, J. Richard Middleton takes on anew the challenge of interpreting the Imago Dei. Reflecting on the potential of the Imago Dei texts for developing an ethics of power rooted in compassion, he relates its significance to the Christian community's distinct calling in an increasingly violent world.

The Liberating Image introduces a relevant, scholarly take on an important Christian doctrine. It will appeal to all Christians seeking to better understand what it means to be made in God's image.

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Editorial Reviews

Interpretation
An excellent contribution to biblical exegesis and biblical ethics alike. . . . [Middleton] draws frequently and deeply on the scholarly discussion. Yet, taken as a whole, his book is original and profound; furthermore, its denouement in a fruitful discussion of the biblical basis of social and environmental ethics is invigorating. Scholars and preachers alike, particularly those who stress right relationships with the whole of creation as the key to human survival, will find study of this book to be time well employed.
W. Sibley Towner
Review of Biblical Literature
A well-written and well-presented argument that may be given to students with confidence. Its concerns are welcome and some of the ethical and theological implications of the representational interpretation engagingly discussed. . . . This is a useful contribution to an ongoing discussion whose value will be judged by its ability to stimulate thoughtful conversation.
Nathan MacDonald
Matthewshouseproject.com
This significant new study of the concept of the imago Dei is not only a comprehensive exegetical and theological treatment of the imago Dei; Middleton's interpretation of the imago Dei poses a critical challenge to the ideologies of violence that continue to plague us.
Kevin Hall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587431104
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 977,338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Richard Middleton (PhD, Free University of Amsterdam) is professor of biblical worldview and exegesis at Northeastern Seminary, Roberts Wesleyan College, in Rochester, New York. He is the coauthor of Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be and The Transforming Vision.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The meaning of the image
1 The challenge of interpreting the Imago Dei 15
2 The Imago Dei in the Symbolic world of Genesis I 43
Pt. 2 The social context of the image
3 An ancient Near Eastern background for the Imago Dei 93
4 The matrix of Mesopotamian ideology 147
5 Genesis 1-11 as ideology critique 185
Pt. 3 The ethics of the image
6 Created in the image of a violent God? 235
7 Imaging God's primal generosity 271
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