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Created in God's Image

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Hoekema discusses the implications of the assertion that humankind was created in the image of God, devoting several chapters to the biblical teaching on God's image, the teaching of philosophers and theologians through the ages, and his own theological analysis. Suitable for seminary-level anthropology courses, yet accesible to educated laypeople.
Paperback, 275 pages
Published September 6th 1994 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published March 1st 1986)
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An excellent theological treatment of the image of God in mankind. Chapter 5 alone is worth the price of the book. His treatment of sin is thoughtful and helpful. I picked this book up to help me with a sermon I was preparing and I ended up reading the whole thing.
Mike Gorski
Hoekema, though firmly established in the reformed tradition, provides a framework for understanding biblical anthropology that neither parrots what has previously been written regarding the subject nor strays out of the bounds of biblical orthodoxy for the sake of novelty. Rather, he gives a very refreshing and compelling take on what the scriptures teach about the doctrine of man, appealing to the standard works of the past (Calvin, Bavinck, Berkhof, Berkouwer, etc.) yet by no means bound to t ...more
Andres Vera
This is a great book that deals with various aspects of biblical anthropology. Hoekema establishes the basic tenants of a Christian understanding of man - created in the image of God, fallen and corrupted by sin, operating as a free and whole person. His historical survey on the image of God is a little dry, but once you make it past that, the rest of the book is a great resource for understanding the various aspects of theology that deal with how we were created, who we are by nature, how we ar ...more
Mark A Powell
What is it to be made in the image of God? The seminal work from Hoekema answers that question by exploring what the Bible says about our God-given human nature, designed to reflect His likeness. Hoekema is especially helpful when he reveals that the best way to define God’s image is not to compare ourselves with, say, animals but with Christ, the exact representation of God’s nature. Dated in places, lengthy in others, but altogether worthwhile.
Jacob Aitken
This is a more basic text on the nature of man and sin than Berkouwer's works. It doesn't have the awe or hard-hittingness of Berkowuer, but it is much more accessible and more exegetical than Berkouwer's.

Hoekema gives a decent historical survey, though very incomplete. He accurately reads the theologians in question, with a particularly good section on Barth. He fails to point out, however, how Origenistic Barth's reading of the Fall is, but no matter.

Hoekema follows the typical “Man in Fourfol
Josue Manriquez
Aside from Hoekema's apparent belief that the universe is millions of years old, and apart from his apparent acceptance of psychologists and psychiatrists when counseling individuals, this is an excellent book! Those two issues that I disagree with are briefly mentioned as side notes. Everything else, I believe, is right on.
In all my years of study I've yet to come across a work that is so blatantly biased. Hoekema gives no attention to the Eastern Church's idea of man and based on his book you'd believe that between Ireneaus and Aquinas no theologian touched the subject.
He enjoys interpreting competing views in the most critical, technical, and literal way. But his own view is supposed to be so nuanced that this type of criticism is simply avoided.
If you're reformed and heavily influenced by Dutch reformers this
Anthony A. HoekemaAnthony A. Hoekema in his book, Created in God's Image, unravels much ado about the Image of God, in this book concerning a Theological Anthropology, or the Christian Doctrine of man.

Hoekema unpacks what the Bible teaches about the nature and destiny of mankind, the centerpiece being the biblical understanding of human beings made in the Image of God.
Hoekema is coming from a Calvinistic or Reformed Theological perspective of Evangelical Christianity.
Hoekema presents the Image of God as havin
Stephen Wolfe
Reformed theologian Anthony Hoekema successfully defends the theological anthropology of neocalvinism (also known as the Dutch Reformed tradition). He argues that man is a "psychosomatic unity" of body and soul, in contrast to the body/soul dualism brought to the Church from classical ("pagan") philosophy. His discussion on man as the image of God is top-notch, and he integrates the concept into classic neocalvinist biblical theology.

For those looking for a philosophical defense of the body/sou
Cho Yim
This book was eye-opening as you don't naturally study what it means to be "created in God's image." Hoekma did a great job exploring the depths of what this means and its implications.
Shane Saxon
Read it for a class. Solid content.
We are a psycho-somatic unity, where body and soul can be distinguished but not separated. Death is the unnatural and temporary separation of them that will be remedied by the resurrection, which finally restores us in the image of God. Well written systematic theology.
Joseph Pieri
Some very good insights; it's basically a survey and overview of the issues from a reformed perspective.
This is a very well written book on what it means to be created in God's image. It is very theological, so be aware that it is a bit tough to read.
Bob Ladwig
Excellent book exploring nearly every subject on the doctrine of man. I would go to this first on the subject, read it for my seminary class.
Gary Morris
A fantastic read covering the impact and depth of the image of God upon all mankind. It gives a Christian anthropology within an expository volume.
Doctrine of Man taught from a Reformed theology. Very readible and well written. Suggest it for those wanting to study theology.
Scott Ray
Very good look on what it means to be created in the image of God. and how sin affects that image.
Excellent teaching on the subject.
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Anthony A. Hoekema (1913-1988) was a Christian theologian of the Dutch Reformed tradition who served as professor of Systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary for twenty-one years.

Hoekema was born in the Netherlands but immigrated to the United States in 1923. He attended Calvin College (A.B.), the University of Michigan (M.A.), Calvin Theological Seminary (Th.B.) and Princeton Theologica
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