The Metaphor of God as Potter

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In the language of the Bible, all of humankind is made from the dust or from earth or clay by God's own hands. Sometimes the image of creating pottery is made explicit: God is the potter, we are the clay.

Two potting techniques are specifically referred to: molding by hand, and throwing on a wheel. Examples are Elihu's reference to himself as God's pinch-pot (Job 33:6, q.v. for BASF citation) and Jeremiah 18, where the potter is using a wheel.


See also Created, Formed and Made and The faithful creator

A question about the Metaphor

If we adams are God's clay creation like Adam was, was Adam God's clay creation like we are?