b'tzelem Elohim


b'tzelem Elohim (bih-TSEH-lehm eh-loh-HEEM) listen


  • adv. lit. "In God's image."

Example Sentences

  • "How can the freedom and responsibility of being created B’Tzelem Elohim (in the image of God) help inform your choices in those situations?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • בצלם אלוקים, בצלם אלוהים

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      b'tselem elokim, betzelem elohim, b'tselem elohim, betselem elohim


  • Often used in politically progressive and humanitarian discourse. "Elokim" is sometimes used to avoid saying "elohim," one of God's names.

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