Zygon 52 (4):1005-1028 (2017)

Recently the paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman has proposed what she calls the animal connection as the human trait that connects all other traits. Theologians and biblical scholars have proposed many relational, functional, and ontological interpretations of the image of God in humans and human nature, but have generally not included a connection with animals. Genesis 1–3, however, weaves human and animal creation in a variety of ways, and Adam's naming of other species implies they are understood as family or kin. Thus Genesis 1–3 understands a relationship with other animals as integral to human becoming and uses family or kinship as a root metaphor for human–animal relations.
Keywords Adam animals  Bible  Genesis 1:18–20  Genesis 1:26–28  Genesis 1–3  domestication  dominion  human nature  image of God
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DOI 10.1111/zygo.12375
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