when the ineffable and immutable Wisdom of God deigned to assume a whole and complete man and be born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. He was crucified, buried, rose, and ascended into heaven—all of which has already happened. He is coming to judge the living and the dead at the end of the world and at the resurrection of the dead in the flesh—this is proclaimed as yet to come. The Holy Spirit was given to those who believe in him. He founded Mother Church which is called Catholic, because it is everywhere perfect, not at all weak, and because it is spread throughout the whole world. For those who do penance previous sins have been forgiven, and eternal life and the kingdom of heaven have been promised.
5. In accord with this faith we must consider whatever can be investigated and discussed in this book. "In the beginning God made heaven and earth." 7. Four ways of expounding the Law are handed down by certain men who treat the Scriptures. Their names can be set forth in Greek, while they are defined and explained in Latin: in accord with history, allegory, analogy, and etiology. It is a matter of history when deeds done—whether by men or by God—are reported. It is a matter of allegory when things spoken in figures are understood. It is a matter of analogy, when the conformity of the Old and New Testaments is shown. It is a matter of etiology when the causes of what is said or done are reported. 8.____________________
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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: 147.
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