The Works of

Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee

Creation and Commission: Genesis 1 to 3 – Translation and Commentary

1:26e) “Human beings” is the right translation for mankind ( ‘adam); for the accompanying verb “rule” in Genesis l:26h is plural in number.   Here this Hebrew word ‘adam is used generically, referring to mankind (Genesis 1:26-28).   Later (in Genesis 2:7-24) it is used to refer to the first human male known as  “Adam.”

1:26f) “As Our image.”   Man is neither an animal nor an angel.   He is a much higher kind of creature than either.  For he is a human creature; a human being; the very image of God!   Yet man is not God; is not descended from God; is not akin to God; and is not a particle of God.  Man is merely the image of God.   Man’s soul and spirit are not in any way divine or superhuman:  as if man’s body could perhaps be subhuman or not fully a co-equal aspect of God’s image!

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