THE SECOND COMMANDMENT AND THE QUESTION OF HUMAN DIGNITY IN AFRICA: A CREATION-THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger Old and New Testament, Stellenbosch University
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AbstractIn a context focusing on the Decalogue in relation to the question of human dignity in Africa, two sets of texts interacting with the Second commandment from a creationtheological perspective are analyzed. One is the core of Deuteronomy 4, the other is four passages in Isaiah 40-55, and it is argued that both see the act of making ‘a graven image’ as a perversion of the concept of the human being as created in the image of God. This interpretation of the Second commandment, relating it to a broader creation-theological discourse, may provide an interpretative model for contemporary readers of the Decalogue, in casu in relation to the question of human dignity in Africa.