Bachelor of Science, Baldwin-Wallace College, 1962; Bachelor's Degree, Kenyon College, 1965; Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1979.
Teacher, Cain Pk. Youtheatre, Cleveland Heights, Ohio., 1958-1959; chaplain, teacher, St. Ann's School for Girls, Boca Raton, Florida, 1965-1966; director summer school, St. James Episcopal Church, Painesville, Ohio., 1967-1968; instructor Near Eastern studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1972-1984; visiting lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 1972-1989; assistant specialist, University of California, Berkeley, 1989-1992; retired, 1992; visiting associate professor Oriental studies, U. Arizona, Tucson, 1984-1985. Consultant LENANTE, Inc., Osaka, Japan, 1983-1993.
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Advisor St. Luke's Church, Osaka, 1969-1990. Fellow Center Middle Eastern Studies. Member American Oriental Society (executive committee 1976-1980), Society Biblical Literature (president West Coast chapter 1984-1985), Society of Palaeology Japan, Japanese Biblical Institute (contributing member), World Union Jewish Studies of Jerusalem, San Francisco Mycological Society.
Married Heidi Gerster, 1989.