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The aim of this thesis is to study on W. Pannenberg’s Understanding of “imago et similitudo Dei”. W. Pannenberg is an expert in the field of theological Anthropology. His interpretation of “imago et similitudo Dei” is especially important not only for systematic theology, but also for theology of bible. His research has focused on correlations between imago and similitudo. Within the framework of “imago et similitudo Dei” his approach intended to balance ‘spirit’ with ‘flesh’. The explicit theme of “imago et similitudo Dei” appears in the Old Testament: Genesis 1:26-27: “et ait faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram et praesit piscibus maris et volatilibus caeli et bestiis universaeque terrae omnique reptili quod movetur in terra et creavit Deus hominem ad imaginem suam ad imaginem Dei creavit illum masculum et feminam creavit eos.” This text records not only the final creative act of the sixth day of creation, but also the intention of creation. The preposition “ad” in Latin means “toward”, “to”, “up to”(direction), “near”, “for”, etc. As the principal meaning of the preposition “ad” suggests, the homo was created in the image of God, was encouraged to move toward similarity with God in history. That is to say, the creation of human being in the beginning does not mean the perfection of human being, but aims at the eschatological perfection of human being. W. Pannenberg elucidated the “relationship” between God and human being as the major element of “imago et similitudo Dei”.


The aim of this thesis is to study on W. Pannenberg’s Understanding of “imago et similitudo Dei”. W. Pannenberg is an expert in the field of theological Anthropology. His interpretation of “imago et similitudo Dei” is especially important not only for systematic theology, but also for theology of bible. His research has focused on correlations between imago and similitudo. Within the framework of “imago et similitudo Dei” his approach intended to balance ‘spirit’ with ‘flesh’. The explicit theme of “imago et similitudo Dei” appears in the Old Testament: Genesis 1:26-27: “et ait faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram et praesit piscibus maris et volatilibus caeli et bestiis universaeque terrae omnique reptili quod movetur in terra et creavit Deus hominem ad imaginem suam ad imaginem Dei creavit illum masculum et feminam creavit eos.” This text records not only the final creative act of the sixth day of creation, but also the intention of creation. The preposition “ad” in Latin means “toward”, “to”, “up to”(direction), “near”, “for”, etc. As the principal meaning of the preposition “ad” suggests, the homo was created in the image of God, was encouraged to move toward similarity with God in history. That is to say, the creation of human being in the beginning does not mean the perfection of human being, but aims at the eschatological perfection of human being. W. Pannenberg elucidated the “relationship” between God and human being as the major element of “imago et similitudo Dei”.