Who Is the “Us” in Genesis 1:26?

Commentators variously refer to the “us” in Genesis 1: 26 as angels, a plural of majesty, or a divine plurality. Which interpretation is correct? Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast and the 𝘏𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘜𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘥 podcast, answers notes that first, though the Bible pictures God as surrounded by an angelic host who worship Him and carry out his commands, there is no biblical basis for suggesting that angels took part in the creation of humankind or that humankind was created in the image of angels. Indeed, humans are said to be created “in the image of God” (v. 27). Furthermore, there is no biblical precedent for the notion that Genesis 1: 26 employs the first-person-plural-pronoun us to refer to God the Father in a fuller, more majestic sense—i.e., a plural of majesty. Finally, there is warrant in the immediate and broader contexts to support the idea that the plural pronoun us refers to the divine plurality of the Trinity.


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