Bachelor, Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, 1962. Bachelor's Degree, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 1965. Master of Arts, Yale University, New Haven, 1967.
Master of Philosophy, Yale University, New Haven, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, New Haven, 1970.
Assistant professor, bible and religion Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, 1968—1970, Erskine College, Due West, South Carolina, 1970—1971. Professor, old testament, biblical theology Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, 1971—2010, dean, 1998—2009.
Member of Society Biblical Literature (council chair since 2004).
Married Susan R. Halse, May 20, 1989. Children: Jeremy D., Rebecca L., Ehren K. Halse, Anna C. Halse.