The bible is not nominalist: Adam makes the names, but God makes the categories. (Adam naming the animals, English miniature, XIIIth century.)
A jar of ashes — The presocratic philosopher Leucippus (master of Democritus) was one of the earliest inventors of atoms. He gave several proofs that vacuum exists, a prerequisite for allowing the existence of both atoms and movement. Aristotle quotes one of his proofs in his treatise on physics: “As evidence they cite the fact that a jar holds as much water when it has ashes in it as it does when empty”.