Fulgentius of Ruspe on the Saving Will of God: The Development of a Sixth-Century African Bishop’s Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:4 During the Semi-Pelagian Controversy

Fulgentius of Ruspe on the Saving Will of God shows the development of Fulgentius’ interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:4 which says that God wills all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. In the early writings of Fulgentius (d. 533), a bishop in Vandal North Africa exiled to Sardinia for his faith in the Trinity, he often asserted the universality of God’s saving will and universal grace. But as he entered a debate over grace and free will between John Maxentius and Possessor in Constantinople, Fulgentius restricted that universality to those among all nations predestined by God for salvation.

There are only two other books in the English language devoted to Fulgentius, and this is the only book-length study of Fulgentius’ theology of grace to have been published in any language within the last sixty-five years.

Besides the latest research on this devoted disciple of Augustine, Fulgentius of Ruspe on the Saving Will of God contains translations of many works heretofore unavailable in English. These include selections from Fulgentius’ letters and book On the Truth of Predestination and Grace, the fragments of his lost treatise to Eugippius, Caesarius of Arles’ On Grace, and works by John Maxentius. For those interested in the theology of grace, Augustinian studies, and the Semi-Pelagian debate, I trust you will find it to be an excellent resource.

There are several reviews of Fulgentius of Ruspe on the Saving Will of God.

Fides et Historia 42:1 (Winter/Spring 2010): 64-66 ( PDF)

Kerux 20:3 (Dec 2010): 39-41 (PDF )

Augustinian Studies 41:2 (2010): 511-514 (PDF)

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