The Poets of the Old Testament

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CHAPTER IX
The Image of God in Man

IT has been seen how nearly akin Nature is to human life. God is the common Author of their being, and His glory shines through both spheres. Yet man is far the greatest work of God. In the cosmologies of Genesis he is created last of all things. God's tenderest care is centred on him. The breath of God is breathed into his nostrils, and he becomes a living person after the image of God Himself, and capable of enjoying a life of intimate friendship with the Divine. The eighth Psalm is the poetical counterpart of these cosmologies. The language shows clear marks of dependence on Gen. i. But the whole feeling of the Psalm is poetic. The author builds up no systematic conception of human nature. His thought of man's exalted dignity is the precipitate of a dazzling impression of God's glory in Nature. He looks up to the starry skies, and is moved with holy awe as he sees the 'splendour' of the Divine name mirrored over the face of the heavens. In a sudden shock of reaction he feels how mean and

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