Created In God's Image: Equality and Responsibility

Parashat Bereishit

Genesis famously tells us that human beings are created in the image of God. Consensus among Bible scholars is that the image of God is to be God's viceroys and stewards on Earth, appointed by God to rule over the world. The Torah asserts that ordinary human beings—not just kings, but each and every one of us—are God's earthly delegates. Does this imply that we have unlimited sovereignty over the Earth? And what is a sovereign supposed to do according to the Tanakh? (5775)