The Discovery of Truth is Difficult, but God Has promised
that he who seeks shall find.
Of the double heaven,—the visible, and the heaven
Of the Darkness upon the deep, and of the invisible and
From the Formlessness of matter, the beautiful world has
What may have been the form of matter.
He confesses that at one time he himself thought erroneously
Out of nothing God made heaven and earth.
Heaven and Earth were made "In the beginning;" afterwards
the world, during six days, from shapeless matter.
That the Heaven of Heavens was an Intellectual creature,
but that the Earth was invisible and formless before the
days that it was made.
He begs of God that he may live in the true light, and
may be instructed as to the mysteries of the sacred books.
What may be discovered to him by God.
From the formless Earth God created another Heaven and
a visible and formed Earth.
Of the intellectual Heaven and formless Earth, out of
which, on another day, the firmament was formed.
Of the depth of the Sacred Scripture, and itS enemies.
He argues against adversaries concerning the Heaven of
He wishes to have no intercourse with those who deny divine
He mentions five explanations of the words of Genesis
What error is harmless in sacred scripture.
He enumerates the things concerning which all agree.
Of the words, "in the beginning," Variously understood.
Of the explanation of the words, "The Earth was invisible."
He discusses whether matter was from eternity, or was
made by God.
Two kinds of disagreements in the books to be explained.
Out of the many true things, it is not asserted confidently
that Moses understood this or that.
It behoves interpreters, when disagreeing concerning obscure
places, to regard God the author of truth, and the rule
What he might have asked of God had he been enjoined to
write the Book of Genesis.
The style of speaking in the Book of Genesis is simple
The words, "In the beginning," and, "The Heaven and the
Earth," are differently understood.
Concerning the opinion of those who explain it "At first
In the great diversity of opinions, it becomes all to
unite charity and divine truth.
Moses is supposed to have perceived whatever of truth
can be discovered in his words.
First, the sense of the writer is to be discovered, then
that is to be brought out which divine truth intended.