were made. But one who understands that the sun is elsewhere when we have night and that it is night elsewhere when we have the sun will look more deeply into the enumeration of these days.
44. "And God said, 'Let the waters bring forth the reptiles with living souls and the flying things that fly over the earth beneath the firmament of the heaven.' And so it was done." 118. The animals that swim are called reptiles, because they do not walk with feet. Or is it because there are other animals that crawl on the earth below the water? There are in the water other winged things; there are, for instance, some fish that have scales, and others that do not, but use wings. One can wonder whether these should be counted among the flying things in this passage. There is some question as to why Scripture assigns the flying things to the water instead of the air. For we cannot interpret the text as referring only to those birds that are water fowl, such as divers and ducks and the like. For if it had meant only these, it would have mentioned the other birds elsewhere. Among the birds some are such strangers to water that they do not even drink. Perhaps Scripture called this air next to the earth "water" because it is found to be moist with dew even on the calmest nights and because it is gathered into clouds. A cloud is water, as all can see who have the chance to walk among the clouds in the mountains or even amid the fog in the fields. In such air the birds are said to fly. For they cannot fly in that higher and purer air, which is truly called air by everyone. For because of its thinness it does not support their weight. In that air they say that clouds do not gather and no stormy weather exists. Indeed where there is no wind, as on the peak of Mount Olympus, which is said to rise above the area of this humid air, we are____________________