On Genesis: Two Books on Genesis against the Manichees; And, on the Literal Interpretation of Genesis, An Unfinished Book

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thereafter it speaks of evening and morning. We said that the mention of these signifies the works produced from unformed matter and from the form that is imposed on it. Perhaps we will meet with something better and loftier as we continue our investigation.

53. "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living soul according to its kind, quadrupeds, serpents and beasts of the earth according to their kind, and cattle according to their kind. And so it was done." 135. When "soul" was mentioned, why was "living" added? And what does "according to its kind" mean? The usual conclusion, "And so it was done," should be considered and understood as we dealt with it above. Though in the Latin language the name "beasts" signifies every irrational animal, still we have to distinguish their kinds so that we understand the quadrupeds as all beasts of burden, the serpents as all crawling things, the beasts or wild animals as all untamed quadrupeds, and the cattle as those that do not help us by work, but provide some benefit to those who eat them.


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54. "And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kind, and the cattle according to their kind, and all the serpents of the earth, according to their kind." 136. This repetition of the phrase, "And God made," when it had already said, "And so it was done," should be interpreted according to the previous rule. 137. Here the name "cattle," I believe, signified all the quadrupeds that live under man's care. "And God saw that it was good" 138. should be understood in the usual manner.

55. "And God said, 'Let us make man to our image and likeness.' " 139. Here we should notice how the animals are grouped together and yet kept separate. Scripture says that

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135.
Gen 1.24.
136.
Gen 1.25.
137.
Cf. above, 15.52, or perhaps 8.30 or 13.41.
138.
Gen 1.25.
139.
Gen 1.26.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • On Genesis - Two Books on Genesis against the Manichees and on the Literal Interpretation of Genesis: an Unfinished Book *
  • Contents *
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Select Bibliography xi
  • Introduction *
  • Introduction 3
  • Two Books on Genesis against the Manichees *
  • Book One 47
  • Chapter 1 47
  • Chapter 2 49
  • Chapter 3 52
  • Chapter 4 54
  • Chapter 5 56
  • Chapter 6 57
  • Chapter 7 58
  • Chapter 8 60
  • Chapter 9 62
  • Chapter 10 63
  • Chapter 11 64
  • Chapter 12 65
  • Chapter 13 66
  • Chapter 14 68
  • Chapter 15 71
  • Chapter 16 72
  • Chapter 17 74
  • Chapter 18 76
  • Chapter 19 77
  • Chapter 20 78
  • Chapter 21 80
  • Chapter 22 81
  • Chapter 23 83
  • Chapter 24 88
  • Chapter 25 89
  • Book Two 91
  • Chapter 1 91
  • Chapter 2 95
  • Chapter 3 96
  • Chapter 4 98
  • Chapter 5 99
  • Chapter 6 101
  • Chapter 7 102
  • Chapter 8 104
  • Chapter 9 107
  • Chapter 10 109
  • Chapter 11 111
  • Chapter 12 112
  • Chapter 13 114
  • Chapter 14 115
  • Chapter 15 117
  • Chapter 16 119
  • Chapter 17 121
  • Chapter 18 122
  • Chapter 19 123
  • Chapter 20 125
  • Chapter 21 126
  • Chapter 22 129
  • Chapter 23 131
  • Chapter 24 132
  • Chapter 25 134
  • Chapter 26 135
  • Chapter 27 137
  • Chapter 28 139
  • Chapter 29 140
  • On the Literal Interpretation of Genesis: An Unfinished Book *
  • Chapter 1 145
  • Chapter 2 147
  • Chapter 3 148
  • Chapter 4 151
  • Chapter 5 156
  • Chapter 6 161
  • Chapter 7 163
  • Chapter 8 165
  • Chapter 9 167
  • Chapter 10 168
  • Chapter 11 169
  • Chapter 12 171
  • Chapter 13 173
  • Chapter 14 176
  • Chapter 15 179
  • Chapter 16 182
  • Indices *
  • General Index 191
  • Index of Holy Scripture 196
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