Jean-Claude Larchet

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Archbishop Ieronymos II and Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet, April 8, 2009.

Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet is a French Orthodox researcher who is one of the foremost Orthodox Patristics scholars writing today.

Born in northeastern France in 1949 of a Roman Catholic family, Larchet earned doctorates in philosophy (1987) and theology (1994) from the University of Strasbourg. It was during his studies in philosophy that his reading of the Greek Fathers and their Orthodox commentators (especially Vladimir Lossky) led him to the Orthodox Church, where he was received in 1971 by the man who would be his spiritual father, the elder Serge Chévitch (1904-1987), which was also the spiritual father of the theologian Vladimir Lossky, the philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, and the monk iconographer Gregory (Krug).

From 1973 to 1979 he met, to receive their advice, some of the best-known spiritual leaders of that era: Archimandrite (now Saint) Justin Popovich, Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov) and, in two long stays at Mount Athos, the followers of Elder Joseph the Hesychast - the Elder Ephrem of Katounakia, the Elder Ephraim (Moraitis) of Philotheou, the Elder Charalampos (Dionusiates) - especially the Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) with whom he had long talks and whose support remains of great importance to Larchet.

He is one of the very few contemporary authors who is able seamlessly to combine rigorous scholarship with a vibrant sense of the inner life of the Church. His prolific writings on the spirituality of the Fathers of the Church and on orthodox theology (twenty-six books, over one hundred and fifty articles) have been translated into no less than 17 languages.[1]


Series on St Maximus the Confessor

His three volumes on St Maximos the Confessor are widely acknowledged as among the best studies of this great saint and theologian published in any language:

  • (French)
La Divinisation de l'homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (1996)
  • (French)
Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l'Orient et l'Occident (1998)
  • (French)
Saint Maxime le Confesseur (2003)

Series on Illness and Healing

Equally remarkable is his three-part series on illness and healing in the Patristic tradition, tanslated into english:

Other books in English

Books in French


  • Thérapeutique des maladies spirituelles (1991, 5th edition 2007) ISBN 2204055301
  • Théologie de la maladie (1991, 3rd edition 2001) ISBN 2204042900
  • Thérapeutique des maladies mentales. L’expérience de l’Orient chrétien des premiers siècles (1992, 3rd edition 2008) ISBN 2204045187
  • Dieu ne veut pas la souffrance des hommes (1999, 2nd edition 2008) ISBN 2204086029
  • La Vie après la mort selon la Tradition orthodoxe (2001, 2nd edition 2008) ISBN 220406713X
  • Le Chrétien devant la maladie, la souffrance et la mort (2002) ISBN 2204070947
  • L’Inconscient spirituel (2005) ISBN 2204077879
  • Théologie du corps (2009) ISBN 2204090026


  • Pour une éthique de la procréation. Éléments d’anthropologie patristique (1998) ISBN 2204058580
  • Une fin paisible, sans douleur, sans honte... (2010) ISBN 2204091278


  • Variations sur la charité (2007) ISBN 2204084751


  • Théologie des énergies divines (2010) ISBN 2204090085
  • Personne et nature (2011) ISBN 2204096237


  • L’Iconographe et l’artiste (2008) ISBN 220408476X

Byzantine Fathers

  • La Divinisation de l’homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (1996) ISBN 2204052493
  • Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l’Orient et l’Occident (1998) ISBN 2204059498
  • Saint Maxime le Confesseur (580-662) (2003)ISBN 2204071560
  • La Vie et l’œuvre théologique de Grégoire II de Chypre (1241-1290), patriarche de Constantinople (2012) ISBN 2204097152

Modern Saints and Elders

  • Saint Silouane de l’Athos (2001, 2nd edition 2004) ISBN 2204065439
  • Le Starets Serge (2004) ISBN 2204076244
  • Le Patriarche Paul de Serbie. Un saint de notre temps (2014) ISBN 282514423X
  • Saint Gabriel, fol-en-Christ de Géorgie (2015) ISBN 2825145505


  • L’Église, corps du Christ, I, Nature et structure (2012)ISBN 2204096245
  • L’Église, corps du Christ, II, Les relations entre les Églises (2012) ISBN 2204097721
  • La Vie sacramentelle (2014) ISBN 2204102822
  • La Vie liturgique (2016) ISBN 2204106208


See also