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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Sunday, January 13, 2013

As the image of God: Adam and the Original Black Man

Min. Farrakhan’s reading of Gen. 1:26 is perfectly consistent with the original Hebrew context of the Bible, a context that has been obscured by King James and his teams of translators that rendered the Bible into English. The Hebrew of Gen. 1:26 declares that God made Adam be-elmenu ki-demuthenu. While the phrase is usually translated “in (God’s) Image, after (God’s) Likeness,” this is not entirely correct. A more precise translation indicates that Adam was made AS the Image of God (beth essentia) rather than in the Image (beth of norm). What does it mean for Adam to have been made as the Image of God? The Hebrew term tselem signifies something very specific: not a two-dimensional image but a three-dimensional cult statue, the type of statue believed by the ancients to be inhabited by the essence of a god and to represent the physical body of that god on earth. As Dr. Andreas Schuele, professor of Biblical Theology at Union Presbyterian Seminary, notes: “The cultic image is in fact the medium of manifest divine presence and action in the world and as such part of the divine person. It is, to put it pointedly, >god on earth<…The image was…that side of the god’s person through which he entered the sphere of created life…the bodily appearance of a god, the very medium…through which he can be addressed by prayer, worship and sacrifice.”  The Final Call...

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