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Letter 35

From Pope Damasus

Damasus addresses five questions to Jerome with a request for information concerning them. They are:

1. What is the meaning of the words Whosoever slays Cain vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold? Genesis 4:5

2. If God has made all things good, how comes it that He gives charge to Noah concerning unclean animals, and says to Peter, What God has cleansed that call not thou common? Acts 10:15

3. How is Gen. xv. 16, in the fourth generation they shall come hither again, to be reconciled with Ex. xiii. 18, LXX, in the fifth generation the children of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt?

4. Why did Abraham receive circumcision as a seal of his faith? Romans 4:11

5. Why was Isaac, a righteous man and dear to God, allowed by God to become the dupe of Jacob? Genesis 27 Written at Rome 384 A.D.

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Source. Translated by W.H. Fremantle, G. Lewis and W.G. Martley. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 6. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1893.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3001035.htm>.

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