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Reading Genesis I'm a little bit confused about these verses:

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 5:1 This is the written account of Adam’s family line.

When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.

So we can see that man was created in the image of God = male and female. Does this mean that God has two images, a male and a female one? or is this something lost in translation. Thanks!

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You might be interested to read this answer on a closely related question. The question seems clearly on-topic to me, but it may be close enough to the one I linked to be considered a duplicate. –  Jack Douglas Jun 10 '14 at 8:54
While I don't have research to back it up other than the general pattern of other scriptures (hence a comment and not an answer), my understanding of this has always been that male and female together form the image of God. From the behavior of God (he doesn't reproduce sexually and shows both traditionally male and female tendencies) he doesn't really seem to have a traditional gender, rather I'd argue that men and women working together to create and working as one is the image of the triune God. –  AJ Henderson Jun 10 '14 at 13:45

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What these verses imply is that, whatever “image of God” implies, sex is irrelevant.

In the Jewish view, since God has no physical form at all, it is meaningless to speak of His sex. The various Hebrew words that translate as “God” all have masculine grammatical gender. (The word for “spirit”, ruach, has feminine gender though, so the “spirit of God” which “hovers over the water’s surface” in Genesis 1 is spoken of in the feminine.)

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I also think (as in the previous comment) that it is meaningless to speak of the gender of God

And it is unwise, in many cases, to try and equate grammatical gender with actual gender. The word for "spirit" is grammatically feminine in the Hebrew, and grammatically neuter in the Greek, but this tells us nothing at all about the actual gender of the Holy Spirit. It is most likely that the Holy Spirit has nothing like gender.

God created humans in his image. And he made them male and female (just as he did with the animals.) Gender, or sex, in humans is not not necessarily intrinsically associated with "the image of God." God's image does not equal male and female.

As his image bearers, humans are commissioned to act as God's regents on earth. This task is given to both men and women.

God is spoken of in the Bible using masculine and feminine metaphors, but this has been done to help us understand something of God's character. We must not confuse metaphor with reality.

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It could also be argued that due to the Trinity, Yes god it BOTH male AND female due to the point you highlighted - that the Holy Spirit is grammatically feminine. –  James Shewey Sep 5 '14 at 22:49

The real God is non-physical, therefore it doesn't have gender as we know it, but it has it all as we're his manifestation.

It's like all the colors of the rainbow is made of white light.

Re: Elohim, it's plural, so it could indicate group of beings, that's why it's "us".

Check for further info: Why is Elohim translated as God rather than gods?.

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