6. We can ask whether we should understand the words "In the beginning God made heaven and earth" 9. only in accord with history, or whether they also signify something in figures, and how they conform to the gospel and for what reason this book begins in this way. According to history one asks whether "In the beginning" means in the beginning of time or in the principle, in the very Wisdom of God. For the Son of God said that he was the principle. When he was asked, "Who are you?" he said, "The principle; that is why I am speaking to you." 10.For there is the principle without principle, and there is the principle along with another principle. 11. The principle without principle is the Father alone, and thus we believe that all things are from one principle. But the Son is a principle in such a way that he is from the Father. The first intellectual creature can also be called a principle for those things God made of which he is the head. Since a head is rightly called a principle, the Apostle did not call the woman the head of anything in that ranking of his. For he called the man the head of the woman, and Christ the head of the man, and God the head of Christ. 12. In that way creation is subject to the Creator.
7. Did it say, "In the beginning," because it was made first? Or was it impossible for heaven and earth to have been made____________________
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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: 148.
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