Book Reviews

The Image of God

Mark J. Mangano Lanham, MD 2008-03-10

In this work Mangano, professor of Old Testament at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois, uses the image of God (imago Dei) as the organizing theme for a systematic presentation of Old Testament theology. Thus this is not a theological treatment of the image of God in humanity but is an Old Testament theology, using traditional categories, through the lens of the image.

The first chapter examines the variety of approaches used to define and explain the imago Dei. Mangano concludes that humans resemble God, relate to God, and represent God in and to creation. In the remainder of the book the author uses these three categories as an outline. Under “Man Resembles God” he treats theology proper and anthropology. In “Man Relates to God” he discusses sin, covenant, redemption, ethics, the church, worship, and wisdom. In “Man Represents God” he deals with ministry and evangelism and concludes with Jesus, the image of the invisible God.

The structure of Old Testament theology through the lens of the imago Dei is an appropriate and helpful organizing motif. The author cites Scripture passages to defend his claims, and he makes a compelling case for his presentation. This is a helpful treatment of an important Old Testament theme. It concludes appropriately with on emphasis on Jesus Christ, who resembles God, relates to God, and represents God perfectly and completely.

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