Quodvultdeus: a Bishop Forming Christians in Vandal Africa

A Contextual Analysis of the Pre-baptismal Sermons attributed to Quodvultdeus of Carthage


In Quodvultdeus: a Bishop Forming Christians in Vandal Africa, David Vopřada presents the pre-baptismal catecheses of the fifth-century bishop of Carthage, delivered to the new believers in extremely difficult period of barbaric incursions. Quodvultdeus is generally not appraised as an original philosopher or theologian as his master Augustine was, in this book his qualities of a bishop who was entrusted with the care of his flock come forward. Making interdisciplinary use of the ancient and ecclesiastical history, philosophy, theology, archaeology, exegesis, liturgy science, homiletics, and rhetorics, the book offers a new and most innovative contribution to the life, work, and theology of Quodvultdeus.

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David Vopřada (1978), Charles University in Prague, is Associate Professor of Patrology and Church History at the Catholic Faculty of Theology at that university. He has published monographs, translations and many articles on Latin Church Fathers, including La mistagogia del Commento al Salmo 118 di sant’Ambrogio (Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, 2016).
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Part 1 Africa, the Vandals, and Quodvultdeus

Introduction to Part 1
1 North Africa, Carthage, and Its Religion  1 Roman Africa  2 The Barbarian Invasions  3 The Catholics in the Vandal Kingdom
2 Quodvultdeus and His Work  1 Life of a Deacon and a Bishop  2 Quodvultdeus’s Work
3 The African Tradition of Preparation for Baptism  1 Education Related to Baptism in Antiquity  2 Augustine’s Catechumenate  3 The African Catechumenate according to Augustine’s Works

Part 2 Quodvultdeus’s Catechetical Programme

4 Catechumenate and Giving the Name for Baptism  1 The Catechumenate and Its Entrance Rite  2 Inspiring the Competentes
5 Renunciation of the Devil and Adhesion to the Faith  1 Scrutiny and Handing over of the Creed  2 De symbolo I  3 De symbolo II  4 De symbolo III  5 De accedentibus ad gratiam I  6 De accedentibus ad gratiam II  7 Contra Iudaeos, Paganos, et Arrianos
6 Quodvultdeus’s Baptismal Theology  1 De ultima quarta feria  2 De cataclysmo

Part 3 Quodvultdeus’s Catechetical Ministry in the Unpleasant Times

Introduction to Part 3
7 Building the Community  1 Building Baptismal Identity and the Mother Church  2 Typology and Mystagogy  3 Mystagogy of the Scrutiny and the traditio symboli  4 Exodus Typology of Baptism and Eucharist  5 The Mystagogy on the Power of Christ’s Blood  6 Non-typological Sacramental Catechesis
8 Defending the Church  1 The Devil and His Pomps  2 The Church Facing Various Religious Groups  3 Polemical Language of Quodvultdeus’s Sermons  4 Return to the Catholic Church
Bibliography Index
Scholars interested in Latin Patristics, in the theology of Augustine and North Africa, especially in the Vandal times.
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