Bachelor, Brown University, 1948. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1949. STB, Boston University, 1952.
Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 1957. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hebrew Union College, 1992.
Member of faculty, Brown U., Providence, since 1953;
professor religious studies, Brown U., Providence, 1966-1995;
department chairman, Brown U., Providence, 1964-1970;
assistant dean college, Brown U., Providence, 1958-1959;
dean graduate school, Brown U., Providence, 1976-1982;
director program in Judaic studies, Brown U., Providence, 1982-1995;
professor religious and Judaic studies emeritus, Brown U., Providence, since 1995;
executive director, Dorot Foundation, since 1995. Member Graduate and Professional Schools Finance Aid Council, 1978-1982. Member Graduate Record Examination Board, 1980-1982.
Member commission on testing Council Graduate Schools, 1980-1982. Member North America committee Mellon Fellowship Program, 1982-1992. Chairman Council Graduate Studies in Religion, 1989-1993.
Region I and II selection committee Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1959-1969. Trustee American School Oriental Research, 1976-1982, 93—, vice president, 1993-1996. Trustee Hiatt Institute, Brandeis University, 1979-1982, Roger Williams Hospital, Providence, 1981-1997, Palestine Endowment Fund Israel, Inc., since 1999, Albright Institute Archeological Research, Jerusalem, since 1974, president, 1976-1982.
Board directors Association Jewish Studies, 1990-1998, Jewish Chautauqua Society, 2002. Academy advisory council Center for Jewish History, 2004^. With infantry, Army of the United States, 1943-1946, European Theatre of Operations.
Member Society Biblical Literature (executive committee New England council 1977-1982). American Academy Religion (president New England 1970-1971). Phi Beta Kappa (secretary Brown University chapter 1964-1968, president 1975-1977).
Married Sarah Hazel (Cutts), August 20, 1949. Children: John Allen (deceased), David Sunley, Elizabeth Ann (deceased).