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Hexameron, Paradise, and Cain and Abel (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 42)

Saint Ambrose

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Front matter

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pp. 1-iv

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pp. v-xi

The circumstances of the life of St. Ambrose up to 374, when he became bishop of Milan, are well known. The date of his birth is usually given as either 333 or 340. His father was praefectus praetorio Galliarum, with headquarters ...

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Book One: The First Day

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pp. 3-44

To such an extent have men's opinions varied that some, like Plato and his pupils, have established three principles for all things; that is, God, Idea, and Matter. The same philosophers hold that these principles are uncreated, ...

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Book Two: The Second Day

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pp. 45-65

We have finished as best we could our discussion of the first day-or, rather, of one day, in order to keep to the phrase preferred by the inspired book. On this day, by the work of the omnipotent God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, ...

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Book Three: The Third day

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pp. 67-123

In our discourse today, the third day rises, as it is recorded in Scripture, a notable day which freed the earth from inundation at the bidding of God: 'Let the waters that are under the heaven be gathered together into one place.'1 With ...

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Book Four: The Fourth Day

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pp. 125-158

To prevent deterioration of wine it is customary for those who gather in the vintage to first clean the vessels before the wine is poured in. For of what avail is it 'to plant the vine in rows,'1 to loosen the earth each year or to make ...

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Book Five: The Fifth Day

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pp. 159-226

The entire earth was now arrayed in its verdant garb of diverse plants. Tbe sun, too, and the moon, those twin luminaries, and the stars in their splendor shone forth in the heavens. A third element still remained, in which the blessing of ...

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Book Six: The Sixth Day

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pp. 227-283

This is the sixth day, which brings to a close the account of the origin of created things and at the same time terminates the discourse which we have undertaken on the genesis of matter.1 This day calls for even greater expenditure ...

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pp. 285-356

In approaching this subject I seem to be possessed by an unusual eagerness in my quest to clarify the facts about Paradise, its place, and its nature to those who are desirous of this knowledge. This is all the more remarkable since ...

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Cain and Abel

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pp. 357-437

In the preceding pages we have discussed the subject of Paradise, including the account of the fall of Adam and Eve. We have recorded these facts to the best of our ability, just as the Lord has inspired us to interpret their ...


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pp. 439-449

E-ISBN-13: 9780813211428
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813213835

Page Count: 461
Publication Year: 2010