Friday, April 15, 2005

Thoughts on 'us'?...

I was just browsing through a free TNIV Bible that I got at the Emergent Convention last year... and I was thinking about how I have never heard a good explanation or commentary on the whole, "Let us make man in our image." Does this passage strike no one else as a bit strange? Us? Our? Is this part of the Shemah understanding... that God is One, not in the sense of alone, but in the sense that is is alive in all things? What is included in this "us"? Thoughts? Anyone?

4 comments:

ashdown said...

the only thing i have heard for this passage is that it is 'proof' of the trinity...but somehow i think there is a deeper meaning that just that simple answer. other than that i havent heard/studied it at all.

Lukedogg said...

The Hebrew word for God, used throughout Genesis 1 is "Elohim" (as I am sure you know...) and it is the plural name for God. For sure it is an interesting concept, as it conveys the idea that God is one and many simultaneously. However, this name denotes primarily plurality, and not specifically trinity. In other words, Elohim shows God's greatness and supremacy. It would appear as though God is having a conversation with the other members of the trinity in Gen. 1:26. I think implicit in this conversation is the idea of community. Its how God operates, and its how we, as a reflection of Him, should operate as well. Just some thoughts....
Lucas

Mike DeVries said...

the "us" in gen 1.26 can mean a few things. for those of you who think it automatically means the trinity, you've made a huge assumption. the jews read genesis 1.26 as God either speaking to "wisdom" as mentioned in proverbs, or as speaking to the "torah", as they saw the torah as also pre-existent to creation [which by the way matches with what Jesus said when he said that he was the "way, the truth, and the life", a common reference to the torah...hhhmmm].

in seminary we discussed that it is moat likely God speaking to a community. it could be the plurality of the deity, or the heavenly council that is witnessed to in 1 kings 22.19-22 or job 1.6-12.

food for thought.

military_tourist said...

Well actually Ryan . . . God doesn't exist.

The aliens created us and, as you know, there are tons of aliens.