In principle G!d created the heaven and earth

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It has long been an axiom of the Perennial Tradition, indeed of metaphysics generally, that the 'beginning' is commonly assumed to infer the start of a temporal process, whereas the language of Scripture, both in the Hebrew and moreso the Greek, the terms deployed more accurately signify the principial and consequently hierarchical, not the temporal.

The Latin text moreover uses 'principio' for both Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1, whereas if a temporal meaning was inferred a better word would have been 'inceptium' or 'initium'.

Likewise 'protista' would be a better term in Greek, as in Hesiod's Theogony: 'Verily at the first (protista), Chaos came to be' (116)

Cyril of Jerusalem, for example, in his Catechetical Lectures, refers to God the Son as Arche (the Logos or Principle), and God the Father as Arche anarchos: Principle without principle.
 

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