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On Creation and the Fall


This work is a translation from Latin into English of St. Lawrence of Brindisi's commentary on the first three chapters of Genesis. It is taken from his Explanatio in Genesis, which is the third volume of his complete works as compiled by a commission of Capuchin Fathers. 

Explanation of Genesis is a commentary on the first eleven chapters of Genesis, excluding chapter ten which is strictly genealogical.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Church,  is the exemplar for the exegesis of Genesis I - XI. It is evident from his commentary on Genesis I - III that he took those chapters as an inerrant literal historical account of the beginning of the world and the human species as related by the prophet Moses under divine inspiration.

He employs tradition, both Hebrew and Catholic, the sciences of his day, and common sense, imbued with deep faith.

This volume is intended to be an informative work for the liberally-educated Catholic layman and not a critical edition for scholars. The translation is colloquial rather than scholarly literal to make it agreeable to the modern ear. It is intended to show how much we can learn about our origins if we accept without reservation the veracity of the text of Genesis.

Paperback. 260 pp.

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