In an earlier post I mentioned the intriguing interpretation of the phrase “Let us make humanity in our image” in Genesis 1:26 as God addressing the animals and saying, in effect, “Let’s collaborate and make something that is in the image of both the animal and God.” I got hold of a copy of Friedman’s Commentary on the Torah, to which Indulis Paics had attributed the interpretation, and failed to find it there. So until I hear otherwise, I will be crediting Rev. Paics himself with this interpretation.
On a related note, let me mention a book of “parables” by one of the other pastors at Martin Luther Church in Riga, Latvia. Juris Rubenis’ books are well known in Latvia, but not so much outside. My colleague Paul Valliere recently translated some of Rubenis’ writings, which are now available in English for the first time. The volume is entitled Finding God in a Tangled World: Thoughts and Parables.