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In The True Image, Philip Edgcumbe Hughes enhances our understanding of the divine image by integrating this concept with the doctrines of man and Christ. Hughes ultimately expounds upon the idea that the doctrine of man can be truly attained only in light of the doctrine of Christ. As he states, "Mankind's destiny in Christ is precisely the fruition of mankind's origin in Christ. This means . . . that redemption, which is the fulfilment of all God's purposes in creation, loses its proper force if it is considered in isolation from creation." Exegetically solid in its scope and rightly systematic in its approach, The True Image is a monumental work from a premier evangelical theologian that deserves a place on every seminary student's bookshelf.
"A deeply learned and spiritually enriching book by a mature evangelical scholar that brings the doctrine of Christ and the human together at the point of the image of God. . . . Hughe's skills as both a biblical scholar and a historical and systematic theologian are very evident in this work, which is his best book yet." - Clark H. Pinnock, McMaster Divinity College "In this wide-ranging biblical, historical, and theological study a versatile veteran makes convincing use lf the concept of the divine image to integrate the doctrines of man and Christ. Philip Hughe's biblical bases are solid, his exposition weighty, and his historical interactions judicious and enlightening. This is a very valuable piece of work." - J. I. Packer, Regent College "We have come to expect both solid learning and exquisite literary style from Philip Edgcumbe Hughes. "The True Image" is no exception. Indeed it is a remarkable piece of work, quarried from a lifetime of study in biblical exegesis, systematic theology, and church history. It is encyclopedic in its discussion of anthropology and Christology and their mutual relationship. The novitate will find it instructive, while the theologically advanced will discover comprehensive exposition married to a scholarly judgment that sometimes resurrects classical views, sometimes provides the unexpected, and on occasion surprises with the controversial." - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Westminster Theological Seminary