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Jaroslav Pelikan was Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University and past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include the five-volume The Christian Tradition, Jesus Through the Centuries, and Mary Through the Centuries. He has received the Thomas Jefferson Medal of the National Endowment for the Humanities and an honorary degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as well as forty-one other honorary degrees.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2006
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Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian TraditionJaroslav PelikanYale University Press / 2005 / Trade Paperback$24.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of CultureJaroslav PelikanYale University Press / 1999 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of CultureJaroslav PelikanYale University Press / 1998 / Trade Paperback$14.99 Retail:
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"Engaging . . . an excellent overview." The New York Times Book Review
"Outstanding . . . Pelikan takes the reader through the process of scripture building with a fluency and ease that is both accessible and understandable." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Masterly . . . Pelikan weaves a tapestry of the power of the Word to mold religious communities, nations, and culture. . . . Engaging, concise, and highly readable." The Christian Science Monitor
Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A Good Introductory TextMay 16, 2013Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is a good introduction for those who do not have a grasp of the background for the history of the development of the Bible as published text, or who, returning to bible study after a time away, would like a review. For an academic, the author, a former professor of history at Yale, and acknowledged expert on biblical texts, produces a clear, fairly easy to follow summary of issues and disputes between Jews and Christians, and between Christians of various denominations, which have driven translation and exegesis over the centuries. There are few negatives about the book, although, toward the end, it tends to wander from history into sermonizing, and there are points at which it repeats itself (don't we all). The material concerning Islam is too sketchy to be helpful, and may be passed over without losing anything of value. On the whole, however, for a quick study, even advanced students of the bible will find the book useful.