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Image of God
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I. Old Testament and Judaism – II. Christianity – III. Islam

I. Old Testament and Judaism

1. Only in three passages does the Old Testament speak of humankind's being made in the image of God (collective use of הָ]אָדָם]/[]ʾādām in Gen 1; cf. Gen 1:27: male and female): in the relationship between God and human beings in Gen 1:26f. and 9:6, and in the relationship between human beings in Gen 5:1, 3 (all P). Substantially the same idea is conveyed in Ps…

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Janowski, Bernd, Markschies, Christoph and Wielandt, Rotraud, “Image of God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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