Bachelor, Grinnell College, 1956. Bachelor's Degree, Yale University, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Union Theological Seminary, 1963.
Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1961. Tutor in Old Testament, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, 1961-1963. Instructor Biblical history Wellesley (Massachusetts) College, 1963-1965, assistant professor, 1965-1967.
Assistant professor religion U. Iowa, Iowa City, 1967-1970, associate professor, 1970-1976, professor, 1976, chairman graduate studies School Religion, 1980-1983, 88-92, Chairman.lectures committee, 1983-1988, member judicial committee, 1976-1979, 1988-1991, study abroad committee, 1985-1988, faculty senate, 1989-1992, visiting fellow Clare Hall, Cambridge, England, 1992.
Minister South Bethel United Methodist Church, Tipton, Iowa, 1974-1979.
Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1961. Minister South Bethel United Methodist Church, Tipton, Iowa, 1974—1979. Board directors Wesley Foundation, Iowa City, 1986—1992.
Member of Council Society Study Religion (chairman liaison committee 1984-1990), Catholic Biblical Association, Council Graduate Studies Religion (secretary-treasurer 1982-1990), American Schools Oriental Research, Society Biblical Literature (chairman Biblical Hebrew poetry section since 1989), Iowa Methodist Conference, Phi Beta Kappa (president 1978-1979).
Married Ruth Marie Stanley Kuntz, July 7, 1962. Children: David Kenneth, Nancy Ruth.