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Humanity in God’s Image: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

Claudia Welz


How can we understand the biblical concept that human beings have been created in the image of an invisible God? This is a perennial question at the heart of theological anthropology. This study clarifies the meaning of this concept, traces Jewish and Christian interpretations of “humanity in God’s image,” and reconsiders the imago Dei in a post-Holocaust context. Does it still make sense to claim inalienable dignity as grounded in human likeness to God when remembering de-humanizing crimes against humanity? Yet can we understand human existence in the face of suffering without this notion? Ho ... More

Keywords: imago Dei, human dignity, Jewish and Christian theological anthropology, post-Holocaust context, God’s revelation and self-concealment, interface between vision and speech

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198784982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Welz, author
Professor with special responsibilities in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, University of Copenhagen

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