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Does Genesis 1:26 mention the Trinity?



Trinitarians assert that the following verse from the book of Genesis teaches about the Trinity

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. (Genesis 1:26)

Trinitarians claim that since the words of ‘us’, and ‘our’ are used that this proves a plurality of persons, hence proving the Trinity.

To make things more interesting let us read the passage that follows verse 26:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:26)

In the above passage we see that man is created in the image of God, or as it says, God created man in ‘his’ image. If there was indeed a plurality of persons why didn't the passage state that God created man in ‘their’ image, why use the singular ‘his ‘instead?

The fact that words such as ‘us’ and ‘our’ are used by God is due to the plural of majesty. 

If this passage were indeed about the Trinity then it would have said something like this:

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 that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in their own image, in the image of God created they him, male and female created they them (Genesis 1:26-27)

Another point to emphasize is that the verses actually say nothing about a Trinity; a plurality of persons does not mean a Trinity! The words ‘us’ and ‘our’ could refer to any number, from 2 and beyond, it doesn’t have to specifically mean 3 or a Trinity, so again the verse says nothing about any Trinity.

Jews for Judaism, addressing the Trinitarian response of Genesis 1:26 write the following:

Trinitarian Christians maintain that Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 11:7 are prooftexts of an alleged tri-unity god, but this claim is erroneous. The inference that "Let us make man in our image" (Genesis 1:26) refers to the plurality of God is refuted by the subsequent verse, which relates the creation of man to a singular God, "And God created man in His image" (Genesis 1:27). In this verse the Hebrew verb "created" appears in the singular form. If "let us make man" indicates a numerical plurality, it would be followed in the NEXT verse by, "And they created man in their image." Obviously, the plural form is used in the same way as in the divine appellation 'Elohim, to indicate the all-inclusiveness of God's attributes of authority and power, the plurality of majesty. It is customary for one in authority to speak of himself as if he were a plurality. Hence, Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your counsel what we shall do" (2 Samuel 16:20). The context shows that he was seeking advice for himself' yet he refers to himself as "we" (see also Ezra 4:16-19).

There is another possible reason for the use of the plural on the part of God, and that is to manifest His humility. God addresses Himself to the angels and says to them, "Let us make man in our image." It is not that He invites their help, but as a matter of modesty and courtesy, God associates them with the creation of man. This teaches us that a great man should act humbly and consult with those lower than him. It is not unusual for God to refer to His heavenly court (angels) as "us," as we see in Isaiah 6:8, "And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?'" Although God often acts without assistance, He makes His intentions known to His servants. Thus, we find "Shall I conceal from Abraham that which I am doing" (Genesis 18:17); "He made known His ways to Moses, His doings to the children of Israel" (Psalms 103:7); "For the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). (

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