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Edward Jalla

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Chiotti, Villasecca, Italy
Death: March 6, 1938 (82)
Torre Pellice, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Louis (Pierre) Auguste Jalla and Aline Biolley
Husband of Clara Gay
Father of Attilio Jalla; Conrad Jalla; Louis Jalla and Aimèe Jalla
Brother of Augustine Jalla; Emile i Jalla; Léon i Jalla; Léon ii Jalla; Luigi (Louis David) Jalla and 4 others
Half brother of Giulio (Jules Jacques Louis) Jalia and Adèle Jalla

Occupation: pastor and director of the publishing Claudiana
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About Edward Jalla

Edward Jalla

Edward (Edouard Etienne Samuel) Jalla (1 January 1856 - MARCH 6, 1932) Claudiana Waldensian pastor and director of the publisher, editor of the magazine for children " The Friend of Children " and popular yearbook "The Friend of the house ".


Born in Chiotti of Villasecca, was the son of Pastor Louis Auguste Jalla and his second wife Aline Biolley , brother of the shepherds Adolfo Jalla and Louis Jalla , missionaries in Africa, the pastor and professor John Jalla , and shepherd's brother Jules Jalla , born from father's first marriage.

He completed his secondary studies at the College Valdese Torre Pellice and theology at the Waldensian Faculty of Theology of Florence, specializing in Berlin (1878 - February 1880) and Glasgow.

From November 1880 to March 1881 was in Poggio Mirteto as a candidate in theology.

On 14 September 1881 he married Clara, daughter of Pastor Antoine Gay , with whom he had four children: Attilio (b. 1882) Professor, Conrad (born in 1883), pastor, Louis (born in 1894) and general Aimée (born in 1896) .

After the consecration, which took place in 1881, was the second pastor in Venice responsible for visiting the stations of the Veneto (Pederobba, Treviso, Poffabro, Tramonti di Sopra and Andreis) and from September 1882 to better perform this task was transferred to Treviso. The following year he lectured in Spilimbergo, in Feltre and Udine giving rise to a small community in this city Valdese. From 1884 to 1890 he was pastor Throne (Switzerland) at the service of the Basel Committee, and under the general supervision of the Committee of Evangelization , since 1888, was also in charge of Chiavenna.

From 1890 he was called to fill the role of secretary-treasurer and director of the Society for evangelical publications (later Editrice Claudiana) in Florence, after the sudden death of James B. Will , a position he held for thirty-five years until 30 September 1925, the year of his emeritazione.

He was editor of the magazine for children "Friend of Children" and popular yearbook "The Friend of the house."

He died in Torre Pellice March 6, 1932.

Archival sources

Archive of the Tavola Valdese (ATV), Series IX, folder 132. Jalla Edward. Archive Waldensian Studies Society (ATV), Fund Family Cards Jalla.

Key publications

O. Jalla (ed.), Choeurs patriotiques des Vallées Vaudoises, Florence, Claudiana, sd O. Jalla, In the path of life. Tips aimed at youth, Florence Claudiana, 1890s. O. Jalla, History of Italian literature and their Sunday School, Florence, Italian Evangelical Publication Society, 1913.


JT, M. Edouard Jalla, in "L'Echo des Vallées", no. 12, March 18, 1932. C. Papini, G. Tourn, Claudiana 1855-2005. 150 years of evangelical presence in the Italian culture, Turin, Claudiana, 2005.

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Edward Jalla's Timeline

January 1, 1856
Age 26
Age 27
Age 38
Age 40
March 6, 1938
Age 82