Humanity is created in the image or likeness of God. This image of God, given in creation, was damaged in the fall, but may be restored through Jesus Christ.
Humanity created in God’s image
Ge 1:26-27Image and likeness are probably synonymous terms in Hebrew parallelism. No physical likeness between God and humanity is intended. See alsoGe 5:1-2
Paul implies that the divine image is associated in the first place with menAlthough Paul at points seems to imply that the image of God is especially associated with males, he does not imply that this involves male supremacy:1Co 11:7,11-12
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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