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Eldon Jay Epp, American religion educator. Harvard Faculty Arts and Sciences fellow, 1958-1959, Rockefeller doctoral fellow in religion, 1959-1960; postdoctoral fellow Claremont Graduate School, 1966-1968; Guggenheim fellow, 1974-1975; National Endowment of the Humanities grant, 1988.


Epp, Eldon Jay was born on November 1, 1930 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, United States. Son of Jacob Jay and Louise (Kintzi) Epp.


AB magna cum laude, Wheaton College, 1952. Bachelor's Degree magna cum laude, Fuller Theol Seminary, 1955. Master of Sacred Theology, Harvard University, 1956.

Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1961.


Special research assistant, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1961-1962;visiting instructor, Drew U. Theological School, 1962;assistant professor religion, University of Southern California Graduate School Religion, 1962-1965;associate professor, University of Southern California Graduate School Religion, 1965-1967;associate professor classics, University of Southern California Graduate School Religion, 1966-1968;associate professor religion, Case Western Reserve U., Cleveland, 1968-1971;professor religion, Harkness professor biblical literature, Case Western Reserve U., Cleveland, 1971-1998;professor emeritus, Case Western Reserve U., Cleveland, since 1998;dean humanities and social science, Case Western Reserve U., Cleveland, 1977-1985;dean emeritus, Case Western Reserve U., Cleveland, since 1998;acting dean, Case Western Reserve U., Cleveland, 1984;department chairman religion, Case Western Reserve U., Cleveland, 1982-1998. American Executive Committee International Greek New Testament Project, 1968-1988. Member North America Committee, since 1989.

Member accreditation review county North Control Association Commision on Institutions Higher Education, 1986-1990, member appeals panel, 1992-1995, consultant evaluator corps, 1983-1998. Kenneth W. Clark lecturer Duke U., 1986. Ratner lecturer Case Western Reserve U., 1998.

Board directors New Testament Lang.Project.



Active Boy Scouts American, 1975-1978. Board managers St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Los Angeles, 1964-1968, clerk, 1967-1968. Member American Association of University Professors 1963-1998 (member chapter executive committee 1970-1972), American Academy Religion 1961-1998(section president 1965-1966), Society Biblical Literature (chairman textual criticism seminar 1966, 71-84, member permanent Centennial committee 1975-1980, member council 1980-1982, 85-87, 2002-2003, delegate Council on Study of Religion 1980-1982, chair nominating committee 1985-1987, member finance committee 1997—2008, vice president 2002, president 2003, chairman committee on programs and initiatives 2003-2005, president, New England Region, 2009), Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Catholic Biblical Association, American Society Papyrologists, New Testament Colloquium (chairman 1974), Society Mithraic Studies, Egypt Exploration Society, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married ElDoris Balzer, June 13, 1951. Children: Gregory Thomas, Jennifer Elizabeth.

Jacob Jay Epp

Louise (Kintzi) Epp

ElDoris Balzer

Gregory Thomas Epp

Jennifer Elizabeth Epp