eyes for the contemplation of these things might know it? Did God make this division before the revolution of the lights so that only a few with a holy spirit and serene reason could see it? Or did God divide day and night from each other, that is, the beauty which he imposed upon that formlessness from the lack of form which still remained to be formed? Quite another is this day and night whose change is marked by the turn of heaven; it could not come about except by the rising and setting of the sun.
38. "And to be as signs for times and for days and for years." 103. It seems to me that when Scripture said, "for times," it explained the words "as signs." We should not interpret the signs as something other than times. For Scripture is now speaking of these times that by their distinct intervals convey to us that eternity remains immutable above them so that time might appear as a sign, that is, as a vestige of eternity. 104. Likewise, when it adds, "and for days and for years," it shows of what times it is speaking. These days come about by the revolutions of the fixed stars, and there come about the obvious years when the sun completes its starry course, and the more obscure ones when each of the wandering stars completes its orbit. It did not say, "and for months," perhaps because the month is the moon's year, as twelve years of the moon is a year of that star which the Greeks call Phaethon, and thirty solar years are the year of that star which is called Phainōn. 105. It may be that when all the stars have come back to the same place, the great year is completed, about which many have said so much. 106. Or did it say, "as signs," to indicate those____________________
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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: 173.
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