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Letter XXXV. 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 slayeth Cain vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold|? (Gen. iv.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 hath cleansed that call not thou common|? (Acts x.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? (Rom. iv.11.)

5. Why was Isaac, a righteous man and dear to God, allowed by God to become the dupe of Jacob? (Gen. xxvii.) Written at Rome 384 a.d.

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