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academic administrator , religion educator

Marvin Wayne Meyer, American academic administrator, religion educator. Member American Academy Religion, American Research Center in Egypt, Coptic Magical Texts Project Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Jesus Seminar, International Association for Coptic Studies, Society Biblical Literature.

Background

Meyer, Marvin Wayne was born on April 16, 1948 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Son of Martin and June (Van Ostenburg) Meyer.

Education

AB, Calvin College, 1970. Master of Divinity, Calvin Theological Seminary, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, Claremont (California) Graduate School, 1979.

Career

He was the Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University and Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute. Dr. Meyer authored numerous books and articles on Greco-Roman and Christian religions in antiquity and late antiquity, and on Albert Schweitzer's ethic of reverence for life. He had been interviewed on television programs that aired on ABC, BBC, CNN, PBS, A&E, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel.

Meyer edited a collection of English translations of the Nag Hammadi texts for the HarperOne imprint, the most recently revised edition of which has been released as the Nag Hammadi Scriptures in 2007, including help from James M. Robinson who has edited an earlier publication of the library. Meyer died of melanoma on August 16, 2012.

Works

Religion

He was also Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity. Professor Meyer was best known for his translations of the texts of documents associated with the ancient mystery religions, early Christian magic, and Gnostic texts, of which the most notable have been the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Judas, the former of which is included among the Nag Hammadi library. He was regarded as an authority on Gnosticism (moeilijk woord) and had worked on many books on the subject.

Membership

Member American Academy Religion, American Research Center in Egypt, Coptic Magical Texts Project Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Jesus Seminar, International Association for Coptic Studies, Society Biblical Literature.

Connections

Married Bonita Kay Bratt, December 30, 1969. Children: Stephen Frederick, Jonathan James, Elisabeth Anne.

father:
Martin Meyer

mother:
June (Van Ostenburg) Meyer

spouse:
Bonita Kay Bratt

children:
Stephen Frederick Meyer

Jonathan James Meyer

Elisabeth Anne Meyer