not look upon with a firm gaze could be discerned as if by these eyes, when it is set forth through the order of such a discourse. 63.
29. "And God said, 'Let there be a firmament in the middle of the water, and let it divide the waters.' And so it was done. And God made the firmament and divided the water that was below the firmament from the water that was above the firmament." 64. Were the waters above the firmament like these visible ones below the firmament? Scripture seems to refer to the water over which the Spirit was borne, and we took that water to be the matter of this world. Should we then believe that in this passage this matter is separated by the interposition of the firmament so that the lower matter is that of bodies and the higher matter that of souls? For Scripture here calls the firmament what it later calls heaven. Among bodies there is none better than the body of the heaven. Indeed heavenly bodies are completely different from earthly bodies, and the heavenly ones are better. I do not know how anything that surpasses their nature can still be called a body. Perhaps there is a power subject to reason, by reason of which God and the truth are known. This nature can be formed by virtue and prudence, and by their power its fluctuation is checked and bound. Hence, we can regard it as material, and it is rightly called water in Scripture, though it surpasses the reaches of the bodily heaven, not by stretches of space, but by the merit of its incorporeal nature. 65. Since Scripture called____________________