duce silence, so too in many passages of the divine Scriptures God is correctly said to produce darkness, because he either does not give, or withdraws light from whatever times or places he wishes. 53. All these expressions are adapted to our intellect. For in what language did God call the light day and the darkness night? Was it in Hebrew, or Greek, or Latin, or some other? In the same way we can ask regarding everything he named the language in which he named them. For with God there is pure intellect, without the noise and diversity of languages. 54. Still, "he called" was said in the sense that he made them to be called, because he separated and ordered all things so that they could be distinguished and receive names. Later in its proper place we will inquire whether "God called" should really be taken in this sense. For the more we approach the Scriptures and become familiar with them, the better we know their modes of expression. In the same way we say that the father of a family built this home, that is, he had it built. Many expressions of this sort are found throughout all the books of the divine Scriptures.
How It Is Correctly Understood, According to Verse Five, That One
Day Began and Passed
16. "And evening came and morning came, one day." 55. The Manichees also wrongly interpret this verse, supposing that it meant that the day began with the evening. They do not understand that work by which God made the light and made a division between the light and darkness and called the light day and the darkness night. They do not understand____________________
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Publication information: Book title: On Genesis:Two Books on Genesis against the Manichees; And, on the Literal Interpretation of Genesis, an Unfinished Book. Contributors: Saint Augustine - Author, Roland J. S. J. Teske - Unknown. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 63.
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