Professor of Religion, Emeritus, Claremont Graduate University
Director, Emeritus, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity
Affiliate Professor, Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology


A.B. (Summa cum Laude), Davidson College, 1945 (Classics)
B.D. (Magna cum Laude), Columbia Theological Seminary, 1946
D.Theol. (Summa cum Laude), University of Basel, Switzerland, 1952 (in Contemporary
Theology, supervisor Karl Barth)
Th.D, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1955
D.Theol. (Honoris Causa), University of Mainz, Germany, 1971
D.Lett. (Honoris Causa), Davidson College, 1987
D.Hum. (Honoris Causa), Maimi University, 1990
D.Theol. (Honoris Causa), Laval University, Québéc, Canada, 2001
D. Theol. (Honoris Causa), University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2003


University of Zürich, summer, 1947
University of Heidelberg, summer, 1947
University of Basel, 1947-48, 1949-50
University of Marburg, 1950-51
University of Strasbourg, 1951
École des Hautes Études, Paris, 1952
University of Heidelberg, 1959-60 (Fulbright Scholar; American Council of Learned Societies
Fellow; American Association of Theological Schools Fellow)


Assistant Professor of Greek and Bible, Davidson College, 1946-47
Instructor (1952-53), Assistant Professor (1953-56), Associate Professor of Biblical Theology
(1956-58), Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta
Faculty of the Institute of the Liberal Arts, Graduate School, Emory University (1953-58)
Visiting Professor, Columbia Theological Seminary (1955-58)
Associate Professor (1958-61), Professor of Theology and New Testament (1961-64), Affiliate
Professor (1964-99), Claremont School of Theology
Affiliate Member of Faculty (1959-64), Arthur Letts, Jr., Professor of Religion (1964-99),
Claremont Graduate University


University of Göttingen, Germany (Summer Semester, 1959)
University of Zürich, Switzerland (Summer Semesters, 1960, 1962)
American School of Oriental Research, Jerusalem (1965-66)
University of Strasbourg, France (1970-71)
University of California, Berkeley (Spring Quarter, 1972)
Claremont School of Theology (Summer Sessions 1971, 1979)
Scripps College (Fall Semester, 1978)
State University of San Bernardino (Winter Quarter, 1981)
University of California at Santa Barbara (Winter and Spring Quarters, 1981)
Occidental College (Fall Semester, 1981)
California State University, Long Beach (1981-82)
Institute of Ecumenical Studies, University of Tübingen, Germany (Summer Semester, 1986)
University of Geneva, Switzerland (Winter and Spring Quarters, 1992)
University of Bamberg, Germany (Summer Semester, 1997)


Phi Beta Kappa (1946–)
Omicron Delta Kappa (1946–)
Society of Biblical Literature (1953–)
American Academy of Religion (1953-81)
Society of New Testament Studies (1958–)
American Society for the Study of Religion (1959-95)
Pacific Coast Theological Group (1961-90)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1964–)
Société d’archéologie copte (1967–)
International Association for Coptic Studies (1976–)
Association Francophone de Coptologie (1986–)
International Association for Manichaean Studies (1986–)


New Testament Colloquium: Founder, Chair, Member (1960-77)
Hermeneia – A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible: Founder, Member of the New
Testament Board (1960-2002)
Society of Biblical Literature: Western Section Vice-President (1962), President (1963);
Associate in Council (1962-64); member of the Research Committee (1964-65); Alternate
Delegate to the American Schools of Oriental Research (1968-69); Delegate to the founding
meeting of the Council on the Study of Religion (1969); member of the Nominating Committee
(1969); Chair, Committee on the 1972 International Congress of Learned Societies in the Field
of Religion (1968-72); Chair, Committee on Research and Publication (1969-72); Member,
Committee on Honorary Members (1978-80); President Elect (1979-80), President (1980-81);
Chair, Consultation on the Study of Q (1983-84); Chair, Seminar on the Study of Q (1985-89);
Co-Chair, International Q Project (1990-2002); Member, Steering Committee of the Q Section
Council on the Study of Religion: Chair, Committee on the 1972 International Congress of
Learned Societies in the Field of Religion (1969-72)
Journal for Theology and the Church: Founder and member of the Editorial Board (seven
volumes, 1965-70)
American Schools of Oriental Research: Annual Professor, Jerusalem School (1965-66); Vice-
President (1967), President (1968) of the Alumni Association; Alternate Delegate from the
Society of Biblical Literature (1968-69)
Claremont Graduate University: Associate Director (1967-68), Director (1968-2000) of the
Institute for Antiquity and Christianity; Director of The Hermeneutical Project (1967-70), The
Coptic Gnostic Library Project (1967–), The Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices
Project (1971-84), and The Sayings of Jesus: Q Project of the Institute (1983–)
Arab Republic of Egypt and UNESCO: Representative of the USA and Permanent Secretary of
the International Committee for the Nag Hammadi Codices (1970-84)
American Research Center in Egypt: Director, Nag Hammadi Codices Editing Project (1974-75);
Principal American Investigator, Nag Hammadi Excavation (1975-89)
Egyptian Antiquities Organization: Chairman of The First International Congress of Coptology
Chair, Faculty of Religion, Claremont Graduate University (1990-93)
Member, Committee on Access to Ancient Materials (1993-94)
International Association for Coptic Studies, Honorary President (2000–)
BOOKS PUBLISHED (for articles see complete Bibliography)
The Sayings Gospel Q: Collected Essays, 2005
The Gospel of Jesus: In Search of the Original Good News, 2005
The Sayings Gospel Q: Collected Essays, 2005
The Sayings Gospel Q in Greek and English with Parallels from the Gospels of Mark and
Thomas (edited with Paul Hoffmann and John S. Kloppenborg), 2002
The Sayings of Jesus: The Sayings Gospel Q in English (as Editor), 2001
The Critical Edition of Q: Synopsis including the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Mark and
Thomas with English, German, and French Translations of Q and Thomas (edited with Paul
Hoffmann and John S. Kloppenborg), 2000
The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age (with Stephen J. Patterson and Hans-
Gebhard Bethge), 1998
Documenta Q: Reconstructions of Q Through Two Centuries of Gospel Research Excerpted,
Sorted, and Evaluated (with John S. Kloppenborg and Paul Hoffmann, 7 volumes thus far),
A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls (with Robert H. Eisenman), two volumes, 1991,
second revised impression, 1992
The Chester Beatty Codex Ac 1390: Mathematical School Exercises in Greek and John 10:7-
13:38 in Subachmimic (edited with William Brashear, Wolf-Peter Funk, and Richard Smith),
The Nag Hammadi Library in English (as General Editor), 1977, paperback editions 1981 and
1984, third revised edition, 1988, paperback edition, 1990, fourth revised edition, 1996 (Greek
edition, 1989)
The Coptic Gnostic Library (as General Editor), fourteen volumes, 1975-95, reprint 2000
The Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices (as Permanent Secretary of the International
Committee for the Nag Hammadi Codices of the Arab Republic of Egypt), twelve volumes,
Trajectories through Early Christianity (with Helmut Koester), 1971, paperback edition, 1979
(German Edition 1971; Japanese Edition, 1975)
The Future of Our Religious Past: Essays in Honour of Rudolf Bultmann (as Editor of the
English Edition), 1971
The Beginnings of Dialectic Theology, volume 1 (as Editor of the English Edition), 1968
New Frontiers in Theology (three volumes, edited together with John B. Cobb):
The Later Heidegger and Theology, 1963, reprint edition, 1979 (German edition, 1965)
The New Hermeneutic, 1964 (German edition, 1965; abridged Korean edition, 1966; Italian
edition, 1967)
Theology as History, 1967 (German edition, 1967)
A New Quest of the Historical Jesus, 1959, reprints, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1979
(enlarged German edition, 1960, second German enlarged edition, 1967; French edition, 1961,
Italian edition, 1977), reprint , A New Quest of the Historical Jesus and Other Essays, 1983
The Problem of History in Mark, 1957, reprints, 1962, 1968, 1971 (German edition, 1956),
reprint, The Problem of History in Mark and Other Marcan Studies, 1982 (German edition,
Das Problem des Heiligen Geistes bei Wilhelm Herrmann, 1952

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