Faculty Publications

Title

“He Spoke and It Was”: Human Language, Divine Creation and the Imago Dei

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

This study examines the triangle linking biblical creation, anthropology, and human language. It takes as its point of departure the notion that language is an important part of the image of God in which humanity was created (Gottebenbildlichkeit). Since most of creation is accomplished through God’s spoken word (see Gen 1 and also John 1), the human ability to speak and communicate abstract concepts appears to be an echo of the divine and distinguishes humans from the rest of creation. The paper traces some of the highlights marking the important role of language within the context of human history, including the fall and the divine plan of redemption, thus linking the theological categories of anthropology and soteriology.

Journal Title

Horizons in Biblical Theology

Volume

36

Issue

1

First Page

42

Last Page

59