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What Does it Mean for a Woman to be Created in God's Image?

Abetz, Katherine J. (2013) What Does it Mean for a Woman to be Created in God's Image? Doctor of Theology thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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                        Abstract

                        In contrast with key traditional as well as recent feminist understandings which, in different ways, present a disembodied understanding of how humanity is made in God’s image, the thesis argues that the other-centered character of sexual differentiation is patterned on Trinitarian interpersonal relations. The key to gender is relationship. Women symbolize Christ’s feminine persona towards the Father while also entering the reversed priority of Wisdom Incarnate and human mother.
                        On the assumption that the concept of the image of God implies the possibility (albeit limited) of access to divine mystery, the imago Dei is understood as ‘visible symbol’ of the Godhead, in a sense distinct from spiritual access to God yet grounded in the epistemology of covenantal relationship between God and humanity and the analogical capacity of theological language. The complex pattern of the imago Dei precludes anthropomorphic projection with implications for the nature of meaning, identity and linguistic reference.

                        Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Theology)
                        Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
                        Keywords (separated by commas): Women, Language, Epistemology, Identity, Embodiment, Trinity, Wisdom, Mary, Symbol, Allegory, Remythologizing, Deconstruction
                        Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
                        Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
                        Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
                        Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
                        Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
                        Depositing User: Cate Headey
                        Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 08:46
                        Last Modified: 30 Aug 2013 08:46
                        URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1247

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