Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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My research is on the concept of the human as created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). I argue that the image of God should be understood against the background of common ancient Near Eastern… read more

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My research is on the concept of the human as created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). I argue that the image of God should be understood against the background of common ancient Near Eastern cult images, and that this observation brings to light an implicit tension within the Hebrew Bible - between the role of certain authorized individuals (kings, sometimes priests, and in the Bible, prophets) to function as divine images in particular situations, and the universal scope of Genesis 1:26-27. This tension partly explains problems in defining the image of God in Genesis and beyond - to a great extent, it is hidden. I further examine this tension as it resurfaces in early Christianity, and in the latter is focused through the mediating role of Christ. I use the theology of Martin Luther, not only his interpretation of the imago Dei but his concept of God as hidden and verbally revealed, to develop a concept of the human as similarly hidden and eschatologically revealed. Finally, I engage with the 18th century Lutheran thinker Johann Georg Hamann and his verbal, Christological understanding of creation to articulate a theology of the image of God as the hiddenness and spoken revelation of the human being in Christ.

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I am interested in Luther research generally, especially in retrievals of Luther that engage with problems in contemporary theology and philosophy.

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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