Bachelor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1946. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1952.
Assistant professor New Testament Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 1952—1958. Professor of theology and hermeneutics Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 1958—1981. Lecturer medicine University of California, School of Medicine, San Francisco, 1959—1981.
Professor of religion Wellesley (Massachusetts) College, since 1981. Visiting professor of New Testament Harvard University, Cambridge, 1982—1983.
Member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Society of Biblical Literature (vice president and president 1966-1967).
Married Violet April VanOstran, June 17, 1950. 1 child Kevin David.