14 comments on “The Field Work Begins

  1. Genesis 9:6 should blow huge gaping holes in the dogma of those who believe that mankind lost God’s image in the fall, but they would say that Genesis is “just history” so we can’t base our theology on it. What other parts of the Bible do they also want to throw out?



    • Steve, you’ve touched on something there that should be a warning to all of us, for in my experience, once a person signs on to a doctrinal perspective, they’ll throw out pretty much anything to win and argument!

  2. Ironically, you’ve hit on one of the words which some scholars point to in order to build a case for this passage being a late development of Hebrew thought. “demuth” is supposed to be an Aramaic “loan word” only used in later Hebrew writings.

    Hogwash. The roots of Hebrew words and Aramaic words have the same source, and simply because this word is fairly rare among Hebrew writing doesn’t make it late for all Hebrew writing. The exilic writings where it’s found (Ezekiel and Daniel) only support the common root (Semitic), not dependence. It’s also found in early Isaiah, 2 Kings, and various Psalms (notoriously difficult to date).

    So, the “image of God” is not a late development of Hebrew thought, but a very early concept which I suspect we’ll find supports a whole host of other things God teaches His people, and teaches them right from the beginning.

    By the way, I love the Blue Letter Bible site. I refer to it in the Bible study I lead regularly. I also use the app on my tablet.

  3. I found it interesting that the Hebrew word for “image” can be translated “idol,” and the Greek word that Paul uses is the root for “icon” (which some people consider to be a form of an idol).

    • Yes, it really is an interesting twist that an idol is the image of a false god, and we are created in the image of the one and true God; the idols are the counterfeits in more than one way.

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