In The Image Of God, Follow Up

Q. Thank God for the bountiful knowledge He has given you.

I have a question that is similar to the question today regarding the meaning of “In The Image Of God”. I was listening to a popular radio show a couple of days ago and man of the Jewish faith, possibly a Rabbi, mentioned that in the Torah the meaning of “in His image” actually translates as “in His shadow”. I’m just curious as to what you think.

A. The Hebrew word translated image in Genesis 1 comes from a root meaning “to shade” and that’s where the idea of a shadow comes from. But it shouldn’t be understood in the way we use the phrase “in his shadow” today. A shadow is literally an image of something, and that’s the intended meaning. The word is used 17 times in the Old Testament and is never translated shadow.

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