Jaroslav Pelikan

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Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan
Jaroslav Jan Pelikan (December 17, 1923–May 13, 2006) was one of the world's leading scholars in the history of Christianity and authored more than 30 books including the five-volume The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine (1971-1989). Pelikan gave the 1992–93 Gifford lectures at the University of Aberdeen, which yielded the book Christianity and Classical Culture. He was the Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University where he served on the faculty from 1962 to 1996, and was the president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1994 to 1997.

Born in Akron, Ohio, as the son of a Lutheran pastor, Pelikan joined the Orthodox Church in America on March 25, 1998.

In 2004, having received the John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences, Pelikan donated his award to Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, of which he is a trustee.

On May 13, 2006, Jaroslav Pelikan reposed, after a long battle with lung cancer. The funeral will be on May 17 in the seminary chapel of St. Vladimir's Seminary.


  • Bach Among the Theologians
  • Christianity and Classical Culture, Yale University, 1995, ISBN 0300062559
  • Confessor Between East and West: A Portrait of Ukrainian Cardinal Josyf Slipyj
  • Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition ISBN 0300093888
  • Development of Christian Doctrine: Some Historical Prolegomena
  • The Excellent Empire: The Fall of Rome and the Triumph of the Church
  • Faust the Theologian
  • The Idea of the University: A Reexamination ISBN 0300058349
  • Interpreting the Bible and the Constitution (John W. Kluge Center Books) ISBN 0300102674
  • Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture ISBN 0300079877
  • Luther's Works
  • Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings
  • Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture ISBN 0300076614
  • Mary: Images Of The Mother Of Jesus In Jewish And Christian Perspective
  • The Melody of Theology: A Philosophical Dictionary
  • The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century (Foreword) ISBN 0807013013
  • The Riddle of Roman Catholicism
  • The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought
  • What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?: Timaeus and Genesis in Counterpoint (Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures) ISBN 0472108077
  • Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages ISBN 0670033855


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