In Memoriam: Jarold K. Zeman, 1926-2000

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In Memoriam: Jarold K. Zeman, 1926-2000


Klassen, John Martin, Mennonite Quarterly Review


THE MENNONITE QUARTERLY REVIEW regrets to announce the death of Jarold (Jaroslav) Knox Zeman of Wolfville, Nova Scotia on September 18, 2000. Zeman was born on February 27, 1926 and raised in Semonice near Jaromer, Czechoslovakia. After World War II he enrolled in Charles University, first in philosophy and then in theology. In 1948 he received a scholarship to continue his studies at Knox College, University of Toronto. He earned degrees at Charles University and Knox College, and a ThD at the University of Zurich.

J. K. Zeman was active both in his church and in academia. He served as a Baptist minister in Toronto to his fellow Czech-speaking compatriots for six years as well as in a rural church where he continued his contacts with Czech immigrants. He also provided leadership to the Department of Canadian Missions of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. After receiving his doctorate he assumed the chair of Church History at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where he taught for 23 years.

His doctoral dissertation The Anabaptists and the Czech Brethren in Moravia, 1526-1628: A Study of Origins and Contacts (Hague/Paris, 1968) and his book entitled The Hussite Movement and the Reformation in Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia (1350-1650), a Bibliographical Study Guide (Ann Arbor, 1977) remain definitive in their fields. …

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