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Selected Works (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 95)


Publication Year: 2010

This volume gives English readers for the first time an opportunity to study a representative selection of the writings of this early sixth-century author. It also presents Fulgentius's biography, the Life, for the first time in English.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Series: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

Fulgentius, as an author of the sixth century, makes use of earlier authors. The translator wishes to acknowledge the use of the following translations of authors cited by Fulgentius and to thank the publishers for their permission to use them. To Liturgical Press, for permission to use the translation of Augustine’s “Sermon 272” ...


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xiv

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pp. xv-xviii

Fulgentius, bishop of Ruspe (c. 467–532), considered the greatest North African theologian after the time of Augustine (died 430), did not possess an original mind, but he propagated and defended the Augustinian heritage against the adversaries of the day, notably, Arians and Pelagians (or at least semi-Pelagians). ...

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The Life of the Blessed Bishop Fulgentius

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pp. 1-56

The question of the authorship of The Life of the Blessed Bishop Fulgentius remains a matter of dispute. No manuscript of the work indicates the Carthaginian deacon Ferrandus as the author. Yet this was the hypothesis of the seventeenth-century Jesuit scholar and editor of Fulgentius, Pierre-François Chifflet,1 ...

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To Peter on the Faith

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pp. 57-108

This is probably the most popular of the works of Fulgentius, a relative term, to be sure. In the Middle Ages, it was widely attributed to St. Augustine. In the twentieth century, it has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Polish. Peter, probably a layman, intended to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. ...

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On the Forgiveness of Sins

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pp. 109-184

At the request of Euthymius, a pious layman, Fulgentius produced this treatise during his second period of exile in Sardinia (c. 517–523). It may well rank among the most repetitive of his works. Surprisingly, it does not discuss technical questions about the system of canonical penance then prevalent, though perhaps little used, in the Church. ...

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To Monimus

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pp. 185-276

This work too is the product of Fulgentius’s second exile in Sardinia c. 517–23. While it is not ranked among the letters, it is not essentially different in form from some of the later letters translated in this volume, lengthy and devoted to doctrinal questions submitted by a correspondent. Monimus is otherwise unknown. ...

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The Letters of Fulgentius

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pp. 277-566

The first seven letters of Fulgentius deal with questions of spirituality. It is probable that the letters given here are the sole remaining examples of other letters written to the same correspondents. Letters 8 to 14, on the other hand, are primarily concerned with doctrinal issues, especially, of course, of the doctrines at issue with the Arian Vandals. ...


General Index

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pp. 569-575

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 576-583

E-ISBN-13: 9780813211954
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813200958

Page Count: 601
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation
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OCLC Number: 47009472
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  • Theology -- Early works to 1800.
  • Catholic Church -- Doctrines -- Early works to 1800.
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