In this first episode we get acquainted with the Biblical concept of being made in the image of God from the book of Genesis chapter 1. This idea of being made in the image of God is central to all future conversations about human identity and purpose here on the podcast so we are going to spend a couple of weeks expanding our understanding of this most fundamental and foundational idea about human identity from the Bible. To get us started in the right direction we are joined by Prof. J. Richard Middleton. Professor Middleton is the author of the book The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1. We are super thankful for his willingness to share many years of careful reflection and research on the image of God idea in the Bible and also its understanding in the ancient world of the Bible.