A POSTCOLONIAL CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE IMAGO DEI IN GEN 1:26-281 IN NIGERIAN PERSPECTIVE

Amadi Ahiamadu

Abstract



The concept of 'subdue the earth' and of 'dominion' given a literal interpretation in the
Priestly text of Gen 1:1-2:4a is linked to an interpretation of the 'Imago Dei' or the image
likeness of God in Gen 1:26-28 to mean that humans occupy the unique role of 'rulers' of
the earth under God. It has served the West as the 'magna carta' of imperial rule and neocolonial
domination. A critical exegesis of the concept of 'subdue' and 'rule' in especially
Gen 1:28 do reveals a more liberating conception of 'imago Dei' with implications for
human rule and dominion. In this paper I have attempted to critically assess the imago Dei
from the point of view of archaeology and Old Testament postcolonial critical exegesis
through a re-reading of Gen 1:28 which, with an Ogba (African) based world-view,
provides new insights for addressing the problem of oil exploration, exploration and
exploitation in Nigeria's Niger Delta.

Keywords


African World View, Dominion, Gen 1:1 - 2:4a, Imago Dei

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/103-0-591

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