Dr. Catherine McDowell Explores Human Identity and Purpose in Article for AABNER

Dr. Catherine McDowell, alumna and Associate Professor of Old Testament, was recently featured in the Advances in Ancient Biblical and Near Eastern Research (AABNER) Journal, Vol. 1 No. 3, for her article “Human Identity and Purpose Redefined: Gen. 1:26-28 and 2:5-25 in Context.”

By examining other Ancient Near East creation accounts and beliefs around human purpose, Dr. McDowell reveals how the Genesis account is distinctive as it grants nobility in identity and purpose to all humankind.

She concludes, “In light of other human creation stories from Mesopotamia . . . Genesis 1–2 redefines humanity in the noblest of terms, democratizing the idea once reserved for kings alone that all human beings are royal children of God.”

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