I don’t know about you, but summer is a great time for me to catch up on books I’d like to read, including significant Christian books that help me understand the faith more deeply and connect it to my life. This summer, the Emerging Scholars Network would like to help with that.
Carmen Joy Imes is a professor of Old Testament at Biola University and author of Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still MattersÂ (IVP 2019). She is also the popular host of Torah Tuesday, where she shares about her research in the first five books of the Old Testament and their relevance in our lives today.
Her newest book, just published is Being God’s Image: Why Creation Still Matters. The publisher writes:
Carmen Joy Imes seeks to recover the theologically rich message of the creation narratives starting in the book of Genesis as they illuminate what it means to be human. Every human being is created as Godâ€™s image. Imago Dei is our human identity, and God appointed humans to rule on God’s behalf.Â Being Godâ€™s ImageÂ explores the implications of this kinship relationship with God and considers what it means for our work, our gender relations, our care for creation, and our eternal destiny. The Bible invites us into a dramatically different quality of life: a beloved community in which we can know God and one another as we are truly known.
One of the book’s endorsers writes:
To really know who you are, you need to know where you came from. Carmen Imes takes this idea seriously and walks through Genesis and other parts of Scripture to capture God’s plan for creation, especially human image bearers. If you are looking for wisdom on personal identity and callingâ€”and how to love, respect, and partner with fellow humansâ€”this is a steady guide.Nijay K. Gupta, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary
The book club will meet online on Thursdays from May 11 through June 15 at 8 pm ET. For those who sign up for the book club, we will send you at NO COST, a copy of the book (made possible through a grant). In order to allow time to send the book before our first meeting, please sign up by May 1. You may use the link below to fill out the form. The information requested is what InterVarsity Press requests for orders.
But wait! It gets even better. Carmen Joy Imes will be the live guest on our June 20 Emerging Scholars Network Conversation, where we will be talking with her about Being God’s Image. The call is at 3 pm ET/12pm PT. In almost any book group I’ve ever been in, there are moments where someone says, “I wish I could ask the author about . . . ” Well, in this case you can! Here is the link to sign up for the conversation:
So, look at your calendar, sign up and break out the iced tea and join us for some great conversations discussing Carmen Joy Imes, Being God’s Image.
About the author:
Bob Trube is Associate Director of Faculty Ministry and Director of the Emerging Scholars Network. He blogs on books regularly at bobonbooks.com. He resides in Columbus, Ohio, with Marilyn and enjoys reading, gardening, choral singing, and plein air painting.