In God’s Image


Are we humans really all that different from the rest of creation and, if so, what makes us unique? The first chapter of Genesis tells us that we are created in God’s image, but what does that mean?  Learners will explore these questions through the Genesis text and two accompanying selections; one from Maimonides, and the other from contemporary thinker Rabbi Gunther Plaut. The engaging discussion prompts featured in this resource will engage students, facilitate their own understandings of what makes humankind unique, and encourage them to consider the ethical and behavioral ramifications of their views.

The learner will:

  1. Understand what it means that humans are created ‘in the image of God’, and how that impacts the nature and purpose of humankind

  2. Know some of the Jewish sources that  speak of humankind as the pinnacle of creation who is created in “the image of God.” and what that means

  3. Be able to articulate the elements that separate humankind from all other creations and to weigh the moral ramifications of those differences

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

Student handouts, computer, projector

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