the manner of exposition that we have taken up, with the help of him who urges us to ask, to seek and to knock, 9. in order to explain all those figures of things according to the Catholic faith, both those which pertain to history and those which pertain to prophecy. We do this without prejudice to a better and more careful treatment, whether God should deign to make it known through us or through others.
What the Green of the Field Signifies: Verse Five, Chapter Two
4. Therefore, "there was made the day on which God made heaven and earth, and all the green of the field before it was upon the earth and every food of the field." 10. Previously Scripture spoke of seven days; now it says there is one day on which God made heaven and earth and all the green of the field and every food. We are right to understand that this day signifies all of time. For God made all of time along with all temporal creatures, and heaven and earth signify these visible creatures. We ought to be stirred to inquiry by the fact that, after having mentioned the day that was made and heaven and earth, it also adds, "the green of the field and all food." For, when it said, "In the beginning God made heaven and earth," 11. it did not say that he made all the green of the field and food. For we clearly read that he made all the green and food of the field on the third day. 12. The words "In the beginning God made heaven and earth" do not belong to any one of those seven days. For up to that point it____________________
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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: 96.
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