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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Biographical Note

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).


Scholars interested in Latin Patristics, in the theology of Augustine and North Africa, especially in the Vandal times.

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