Indeed, we can see in the text (on page 28) that there are nine appearances of va'yomer Elokim
in the first chapter of Genesis.
It fully acknowledges that the dignities of tzelem elokim
are scorned by the violence, oppression, poverty, degradation, and death that pervade our civilization.
There are various distinctions proffered regarding the "general" name Elokim
and Hashem (God's "personal" name, the Tetragrammaton).
Though she soon came to a place of acceptance ("I realized that Elie was created b'tzelem elokim
, in the image of God, like everybody else"), when she looked for resources for parents like her, she came up empty.
Genesis 28:21) Jacob vowed no longer to deal with G-d as his Personal G-d to whom he can say no, but as Elokim
, the master of the inviolate laws of nature.
After all we share the belief that all human beings are created in tselem elokim
, the image of God.
The trauma of this revelation is described in the title-story of Rinah Uziel-Blumenthal's Etsba'ot elokim
(God's Fingers, 1997).
However, the tower builders deemed themselves unworthy of their divine spirit, their tzelem Elokim
, in another way.
America the Beautiful-Once-More Shone a reflection of far Zion's gleam As o'er mid-ocean dream encountered dream And sent a ray of hope to either shore, Tough both be now meshed in insidious war With enemies of varied hideous scheme, Yet the vision of the tselem Elokim
Shall hope to both, and victory restore.
Thus it only uses the name elokim
in this context which is the name of God for complete justice and the judge of law and justice.
The unusual concept of the sons of Elokim
marrying the daughters of Adam is found in Genesis 6:2: And the sons of Elokim
saw the daughters of Adam that they were fair, and they took for themselves wives from whomsoever they chose.
He sets for himself the objective of defining the meaning of tzelem elokim
[the likeness of man to God] which derives from Genesis 1:27 (And God created man in his own image.