On the Creation of the Angelic Hosts

St. Epiphanius of Salamis ca. 315-403

The word of God clearly signifies that the angels were created not after the stars nor before the earth and sky. The statement is plainly incontrovertible that before the earth and sky nothing of created things existed; that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” as the beginning of creation, and before this nothing at all had been created. (Panarion 65.5)

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