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Genesis 2:15 and 3:19-23; the Pauline texts in which the apostle describes himself as a laborer; the opposing figures of Cain-the-tiller of the soil and Abel-the-tender of the flocks, Rachel and Leah, Martha and Mary)--was challenged by an idea of work no longer understood as penitential atonement for the original sin, but as a form of activity that could be meritorious and therefore a means of salvation in a world where God was increasingly seen as summus artifex or opifex.
Par la connaissance rationnelle, anatomique du corps (bien distincte de la dissection antique le plus souvent pratiquee sur des animaux) : Vesalius affirme, tres vite, que ces dissections sont pratiquees sur des porcs ou des singes et non des Hommes, cet auteur fait glisser l'image de la corporalite d'une structure << donne naturel >> (ou produite par Dieu rerum opifex naturae), a un instrument ou un objet possiblement construit par l'Homme ou du moins modifie, transforme par la main de l'Homme (specifiquement du medecin, bien sur : manus opera.
Not everyone knows that Allen's master's thesis was "Splendor Opifex (Splendor in the Glass, to you): Mirrors and Mirror Magic in Late Hellenistic Antiquity.