Bachelor in English Literature, Stanford University, 1951. Bachelor's Degree, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1957. Master of Theology in New Testament, 1959.
DTheol magna cum laude, University Basel, Switzerland, 1962. Doctor of Divinity, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1990.
Professor Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Illinois, 1962-1977, dean, 1971-1977. Dean School Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, 1977-1990, dean emeritus,1992, associate provost for Church Rels. and Christian Community, 1990-1992, professor New Testament interpretation, 1977-1992, professor emeritus, 92.
Served to Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1946-1947, 51-54, of Korea. American Association Theological Schools.grantee, 1970-1971. Member National Association Baptist professors of Religion, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Chicago Society Biblical Reserve, Society Biblical Literature, Institute Biblical Research.
Married Mary Cover, June 18, 1954. Children: Marianne Meye Thompson, Douglas, John.