Sunday, September 28, 2008

Created in God's Image
by Anthony A. Hoekema
275 pages
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (July 1994)

Author: 1913-1988; professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI; from wikipedia "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 Theological Seminary (Th.D., 1953). After pastoring several Christian Reformed churches (1944-56) he became Associate Professor of Bible at Calvin College (1956-58). From 1958 to 1979, when he retired, he was Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan."

Intention: Expositional, biblical study of "the nature and destiny of human beings, focusing on the creation of men and women in the image of God" (original, powerless, renewed, and perfected).

Structure: the book is divided into twelve chapters.
  • Chapter one deals with the doctrine of man and its importance.
  • Chapter two defines man as a created person and explains the significance.
  • Chapters three through five are a biblical, historical, and theological discussion of the image of God.
  • Chapter six looks at the question of self-image from a theological-biblical perspective.
  • Chapters seven through ten exposit the origin, spread, nature, and restraint of sin.
  • Chapter eleven discusses the structure of thehuman as whole person, working through the issues of trichotomy, dichotomy, and psychosomatic unity, and ends with with practical implications.
  • Chapter twelve concludes the work with a discussion of human freedom in relation to divine sovereignty.
  • Bibliography
  • Indexes: Proper Names, Subjects, Scripture
  • Footnotes (reference and explanatory)

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