I’m reaching out in hopes of getting in touch with a member on your team. I recently came across an article posted on your website titled “Male and Female Made in God’s Image”; its author: Hopson Boutot.
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First, I want to say this article is well written and very interesting to me on a personal and educational level. I am a fellow believer in Christ Jesus and recently, I have been on a path to advance my knowledge of the bible when it comes to Man and Woman’s creation through the account of Genesis.
Second, as the author noted, the topic of Man and Woman’s creation can indeed be highly controversial. Although I have not personally encountered verbal objection to Women sharing God’s image, I have read numerous stances as to why Women “DO NOT” share in the image of God; their justification stems from 1 Corinthians 11:7. Furthermore, some of the articles with this perspective seem to be authored by highly intelligent individuals and I’ll be honest…it can stir feelings of insecurity and self-doubt.
As a woman of faith, I genuinely enjoy talking about this subject and Biblical Theology as a whole. Most importantly, as a mother I desire to be even more so grounded in my identity to better reflect a wholesome example of biblical womanhood to my children. Therefore, here's my inquiry:
*Hopson Boutot quotes:
Question: How can the author be certain “him” and “man” are in reference to “men AND women” versus “him” referring to “Adam” (the male) in a singular form? I am no expert in Hebrew nor in its grammar...which I believe to be my missing link / root to my uncertainty. However, I read Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 5:1 and continue to see the singular “him” be referenced. If “Man” in these two passages refers to male and females, why did the author of Genesis simply not say “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created THEM; male and female He created them”; it almost seems like the creation of woman was an “after thought” or was not intended to share the same value in imagery as man does to God.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you so much for visiting our blog and for your recent question about the image of God. I think you'll find the answer if you look closely at the structure of Genesis 1:27...
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.