THE SECOND COMMANDMENT AND THE QUESTION OF HUMAN DIGNITY IN AFRICA: A CREATION-THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

Knut Holter

Abstract


In a context focusing on the Decalogue in relation to the question of human dignity in
Africa, two sets of texts interacting with the Second commandment from a creationtheological
perspective are analyzed. One is the core of Deuteronomy 4, the other is four
passages in Isaiah 40-55, and it is argued that both see the act of making ‘a graven image’
as a perversion of the concept of the human being as created in the image of God. This
interpretation of the Second commandment, relating it to a broader creation-theological
discourse, may provide an interpretative model for contemporary readers of the
Decalogue, in casu in relation to the question of human dignity in Africa.

Keywords


Second Commandment; Image; Idol; Human Dignity; African Biblical Interpretation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/106-0-146

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