Defending the Faith: 'In God's Image and Likeness'

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 28, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    God declares let US create man in OUR own image. No clue to the identities of those others in whatever pantheon he was consulting. He creates man from the dust of the Earth, like Prometheus who fashioned the first humans from clay. Prometheus gives them fire to use as a tool in building civilization like Adam and Eve daring to explore knowledge. The serpent is punished by God just as Prometheus incurs the wrath of Zeus for tampering with mortal fate.

    The origins of both traditions vanish in the mist. Their similarities may be coincidental or may draw on common sources, possibly each other. There are multiple ways to interpret Genesis with its accounts of men who lived to be 800 years old or older. Starting with God sternly warning Adam and Eve, then scolding and punishing them when they disobey, it sets a tone that sounds like parents and children suffering through generational struggles and human striving to become something new.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    March 28, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    RE: The Book of Moses. The first 6 chapters of Genesis(JST)contains 311 verses, While the Septuagint and Masoretic texts contain 184 verses. JST adds 27 verses which are not supported by the Septuagint and Masoretic texts. i.e…,

    Moses 7:8 "a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan.."Moses 7:22 "for the seed of Cain were black and had not place among them."

    (Genesis 4:15 NET)Then the Lord put a special mark* on Cain so that no one who found him would strike him down.

    Hebrew=*sign; “reminder.” The term “sign” is not used in the translation because it might imply to an English reader that God hung a sign on Cain. The text does not identify what the “sign” was. It must have been some outward, visual reminder of Cain’s special protected status.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 27, 2014 11:42 a.m.


    Yes, there is a second article by Mike Whitmer on the same volume Peterson's column is about. Whitmer's article is the discussion my post was intended for. I don't know how it got placed in here unless I got the two mixed up. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Verdad Orem, UT
    March 27, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    Craig Clark, are you referring to a different article? I can't find the passage you cite in this one.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 27, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    "....Using resources from inside and outside the Latter-day Saint community, Bradshaw offered a new vision of the messages found in the work of Joseph Smith as recorded in the Book of Moses...."

    I’m a bit startled at seeing this article refer to the Book of Moses as “the work of Joseph Smith.” I hope that’s not a typo. It’s still common seeing LDS writers refer to Joseph Smith’s revision of the King James Bible as "the Joseph Smith translation." Hopefully, that too will change in time.