5 reasons why a traditional rabbinic interpretation of Genesis 1.26 encourages idolatrous Angel worship
'And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl
of the air,
and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:
and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.'
G-d created the universe according to a pre-conceived divine plan, He
did so while consulting no one. As a result the plan was executed
perfectly and flawlessly. He spoke and it came into being. G-d's will
was the deed itself. Only when G-d created man did He digress from this
process: "Let us make man in our image." (Genesis 1:26) Our sages teach
us that G-d was consulting with the angels whom He had already formed.
It seems that in creating man G-d wanted to allow room for a
multiplicity of opinions, a diversity of perspectives, a space for free
will. In man G-d created a wild card.'
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condescended to consult His creatures in the
fashioning of man, as is often suggested,
1. Angels are creator-associates, 'let us make man'. Angels
played a direct role in the bringing of man into being.
What better reason could there be for adoring and admiring them?
2. That God Himself chose to consult with such Heavenly beings during
His crowning work.
What better example could we have for praying to and enquiring from
these Divine assistants?
3. That Angels too carry the original Image into which man was
forged - we are fashioned in Angelic as well as Divine image.
Should we not then seek after, admire and emulate our
4. That the Likeness to which man was framed - was also the likeness of
What better foundation could there be for seeking to commune with,
adore our Makers?
5. Just as man was created to bear dominion - especially
in the power to name his associates and even his dear
So we should seek to discover and celebrate the superior power
and authority of
those creating agents appointed to foreshadow us and name us.
freely acknowledge none of these arguments are employed by orthodox
rabbinic Jews, and they too would largely regard them as abhorrent and
but how easily these provide fuel for Satan's arguments.
One contributor to Encyclopedia Judaica writes,
'The actual worship of superhuman beings, such as angels, is not
explicitly proscribed in the Bible (cf. Judg.
Indeed, in the earlier sections of the Bible there is considerable
fluidity between angels and Yahweh (Judg.
This amounts to a tacit confession of the dangers explained here, and
we profoundly disagree with him.