I. Professional Role.
Pastoral and Preaching Minister and US Army Chaplain 1953 to date.
Theologian and Pastor, Emeritus: Christian Reformed Church (25 years - 6 congregations) and
Presbyterian Church (USA) (31 years - 9 congregations)
Classical Greco-Roman Scholar 1950 to date.
Institute for Antiquity and Christianity of the Claremont Graduate School: Advisory Board Member, Former Board President, Research Scholar/Lecturer, 1980 to 2002.
Research Scholar: University of Michigan Department of Near Eastern Studies, 1990 to 2009.
Professor of Philosophy and Psychology (20 years), Oakland University, Calvin Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary, Oakland Community College, Retired.
U.S. Army Colonel, (37 years) ACM, MSM , LOM, (10 years AD, 27 years RC), Retired.
Private Practice Psychotherapist and Pastoral Counselor, 1965 to date.
Executive Director: Christian Association for Psychological Studies International (15 years), 1974-1989, Emeritus.
Founding Editor and Editor in Chief: Journal of Psychology and Christianity (15 years) 1974-
PhD in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins, Department of Near Eastern
Studies, University of Michigan, 2009.
PhD, Psychology of Human Communications, Wayne State University, 1970.
Masters Degree in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins, NES, University of Michigan,
Masters Degree in New Testament and Christian Origins, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1965.
Masters Degree in Divinity in Theology and Biblical Studies, Calvin Theological Seminary, 1986.
Bachelor of Divinity Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies, Calvin Theological Seminary,
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Classics, Calvin College, 1953.
Military graduate of the Army Chaplain Staff College, of the Command and General Staff
College, of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, of the Army Special Warfare School
(Civil Affairs), of the US Army War College, and of the National Defense University. Also
served on the faculty of all of them, as well as in 3 Infantry Divisions, 3 General Hospitals,
and on the General Staff of four GOCOMS (General Officer Commands).
Author, Co-author, or Editor of 181 books and 167 professional journal articles including:
1. Program Format Development in Denominational Religious Television, Detroit:
2. Psychological Dynamics in Christian Worship: A Beginning Inquiry, Journal of
Psychology and Theology, JPT, Vol 1, No 4, 1973.
3. A Theology of Communication: Putting the Question, JPT, Vol 2, No 2, 1974.
4. Models of Religious Broadcasting, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974.
5. The Night Side; The Problem of Evil, in The Orb: Religious Issues, R. Neff, ed.,
Farmington Hills: UUC, 1974.
6. Anxiety and the Rise of Religious Experience, JPT, Vol 3, No 1, 1975.
7. Research in Mental Health and Religious Behavior, Atlanta: PSI, 1976. (co-author)
8. The Bulletin, Quarterly Professional Journal of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, International, Founder and Editor in Chief, 1976-1981.
9. Chaplain (Major General) Gerhardt W. Hyatt, an Oral History, Carlisle Barracks:
US Army War College, 1977.
10. Communication Theory and Petitionary Prayer, JPT, Vol 5, No 1, 1977.
11. Ethical Reflections, Henry J. Stob, J. Harold Ellens, editor., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.
12. The International Directory, Vol II, Farmington Hills: CAPS, 1979. (editor)
13. The Psychodynamics of Mass Communication, JPT, Vol 7, No 3, 1979.
February, 1997. Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska, F. Lyra, tr., a review article, p. 70 ff.
75. Pastoral Psychology, (Three articles), Vol 45, No 3, January 1997,
Psychology and the Bible: The Interface of Corollary Disciplines.
The Bible and Psychology, An Interdisciplinary Pilgrimage.
A Psychodynamic Hermeneutic of the Fall Story: Genesis 2:25-3:24 Through a Psychological Lens.
Edited this Special Issue.
76. Pastoral Psychology, (One article), Vol 46, No 1, June 1997,
Homosexuality in Biblical Perspective.
77. Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Culture: The Impact of Political and Military Achievements upon the Life of the Mind and Spirit, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Occasional Paper 39, 1997.
78. The Interface of Psychology and Theology, JPC, Vol 16, No 1, 1997.
79. Christian Humanistic Psychology, in D. Moss, ed., Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, A Historical and Biographical Sourcebook, Westport, CT: Greenwood,
80. Sin or Sickness, The Problem of Human Dysfunction, Grand Rapids: Calvin College
81. Sophia in Rabbinic Hermeneutics and the Curious Christian Corollary, in The Interpretation of the Bible(J. Krasovec, ed.), Slovenia Academy of Sciences and Arts with Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.
82. Archaeology Odyssey, Vol 2, No 6, November-December 1999,
On Perpetuating Ugly Myths: Infanticide in the Ancient World
83. Archaeology Odyssey, Vol 2, No 3, May-June,1999. An Ancient Card Catalogue
84. Eerdmans' Dictionary of the Bible, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. (contributing- author)
85. Archaeology Odyssey, September-October 2001, The Fihrist: How an Arab Bookseller Saved Civilization.
86. Sin or Sickness: The Problem of Human Dysfunction, in Seeking Understanding, M. Van Dennend, ed., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
87. Department of Near Eastern Studies Newsletter, Fall 2001, Judaism, Christianity, and Florence.
88. The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies, London: SPCK and Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,
89. Archaeology Odyssey, September-October 2002, Libraries in the Ancient World.
90. Pastoral Psychology, (Two articles) Vol 50, No 6, July 2002,
A Psychological Biography for Jesus: Responding to Donald Capps.
Edited this Special Issue.
91.You Can Look it Up, in The Origins of Things, Washington, D.C.: Biblical
Archaeology Society, 2002.
92. Pastoral Psychology, (Three articles) Vol 51, No 2, November 2002,
Wayne G. Rollins' Soul and Psyche: An Appreciation.
Psychological Aspects of Biblical Apocalypticism.
Edited this Special Issue.
93. Psychological Legitimization of Violence by Religious Archetypes, in Theoretical
Understandings and Perspectives, Vol 3 of The Psychology of Terrorism,
4 Vols, Chris E. Stout, ed., Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002, pp. 149-162,
94. The Origins of Enochic Judaism, G. Boccaccini, ed. (edited the volume and authored
two chapters), Turino: Henoch, 2002, (co-editor).
95. Archaeology Odyssey, Vol 4, No 4, July-August 2003, The Destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria,
96. Pastoral Psychology, (One article), Vol 51, No 6, July 2003
Guest Editoral: The Jesus Quest.
Edited this Special Issue.
97. Jesus As Son of Man, The Literary Character: A Progression of Images,
IAC, Claremont Graduate University, Occasional Papers Series 48, 2003.
98. Six Critics Review Walter Wink's The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the
Son of the Man, A Summary and Appreciation in Cross Currents, Summer 2003, pp. 264 - 320. Edited this Special Section.
99. Department of Near Eastern Studies Newsletter, Fall 2003 (two articles)
Judaism, Christianity and Venice
What Has Ann Arbor to do with Rome?
100. God's Word for Our World, Biblical Studies in Honor of Simon John De Vries,
Vol 1, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2004, (author and editor).
101. God's Word for Our World, Theological and Cultural Studies in Honor of Simon
John De Vries, Vol 2, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2004, (author and editor).
102. The Destructive Power of Religion, Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,
(author of fifteen chapters and editor of the series), Vols I - IV, Westport, CT:
103. Psychology and the Bible, A New Way to Read the Scriptures, (author and editor of
the series, with Wayne G. Rollins), Vols I - IV, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004.
Scholarship, (author), in The Journal of the International Institute, University of
Michigan, Vol 12, No 1, Fall, 2004,
105. Foreword, to The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran: The Essene Mysteries of
John the Baptist,Robert Feather, 2005, Washington: Bear and Company
106. The Obscenity of War and the Imperative of the Lesser Evil, Free Inquiry, Vol 25,
No 3 (April/May) 2005, 28-32.
107. Enoch and Qumran Origins, New Light on a Forgotten Connection, Gabriele
Boccaccini, ed., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005, (Associate Editor).
108. A Christian Pesher: John 1:51, Proceedings of the Eastern Great Lakes and Mid-West
Biblical Society, XXV, 2005.
109. Fundamentalism, Violence, and War, in The Psychology o f Resolving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace, 3 Vols, Mari Fitzduff and Chris Stout, eds., Westport, CT:
Praeger, 2006, 143-55.).
110. The Obscenity of War and the Imperative of the Lesser Evil (2006), in Just War and
Jihad: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, R. Joseph Hofmann, ed.,
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books.
111. Exegesis of Second Temple Texts in a Fourth Gospel Son of Man Logion, Biblical
Interpretation in Judaism and Christianity, Isaac Kalimi and Peter J. Haas, eds.
(2006), London and NY: T & T Clark.
112. The Unique Son of Man in John, (2006), Proceedings of the Eastern Great Lakes and
Midwest Bible Society, Vol 26, 69-77.
113. Sex in the Bible, (2006), Westport, CT: Praeger.
114. The Interface of Theology and Psychology, 2007, in Psychology and Christianity 115. Integration, Seminal Works That Shaped the Movement, Daryl H. Stevenson, Brian E. Eck, and Peter C. Hill, eds, Batavia, IL: CAPS.
116. Radical Grace: How Belief in a Benevolent God Benefits our Health, 2007,
Westport, CT: Praeger.
117. The Destructive Power of Religion, Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,
Revised and Condensed, 2007, 1 vol. ed., Westport, CT: Praeger (author and
118. Understanding Religious Experience: What the Bible Says About Spirituality, 2007,
Westport, CT: Praeger.
119. Text and Community, Essays in Honor of Bruce M. Metzger, Vol I, Interpreting the
Text for the Community, Vol II, Implementing the Text in the Community, 2007,
(author and editor).
120. Metzger, Bruce Manning (1914-2007), 2007, in Dictionary of Major Biblical
Interpreters, Donald K. McKim, ed., Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press.
121. Requiem and Resurrection, Psycho-Spiritual Transcendence in Art and Religion, in The Spiritual Physiology of the Art of Junko Chodos, Raphael Chodos, ed., Malibu: Giotto Multimedia, 2007 (contributing author).
122. Walter Wink and Hermeneutics, 2008, in Enigmas and Powers: Engaging the work of Walter Wink for Classroom, Church, and World, Frederick W. Weidmann and David Seiple, eds., Eugene, Wipf and Stock Publishers.
123. Miracles: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal, 3 vols., 2008, Westport, CT: Praeger, (author and editor).
124. Review Article on Ricardo Quinones' Dualisms: The Agons of the Modern
World, in Charles Henderson, ed., Cross Currents, Summer 2008, Vol. 58, 2.
125. Ideology in Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, 2008, Cambridge: Cambridge.
126. Ideological Studies of Christianity in Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, 2008, Cambridge: Cambridge.
127. The Spirituality of Sex, 2009, Westport, CT: Praeger.
128. Probing the Frontiers of Biblical Studies, 2009, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, (co- editor with John T. Greene).
129. Death in the Psychology of Terrorism and Genocide, in Margaret Souza, ed., The Many Ways We Talk About Death in Contemporary Society, 2009, Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 191-206.
130. Women as Religious Leaders, in Michelle Paludi, ed., Feminism and Women's Rights Worldwide, 3 vols., 2009, Westport, CT: Praeger, Vol. I, Ch. 13.
131. Religious Discrimination, with Michelle Paludi, in Michelle Paludi, ed., Feminism and Women's Rights Worldwide, 3 vols., 2009, Westport, CT: Praeger, Vol. III. 132. Jesus' Apocalyptic Vision and the Psychodynamics of Delusion, in R. Joseph Hoffman, ed., Sources of the Jesus Tradition, 2010, Amherst: New York: Prometheus.
133. Why Fundamentalism Incites Violence (2009), in Ilona Skupińska-Løvset,
Acta Universitatis Lodziensis, Folia Archaeologica, 26, Papers on Values and Interrelations between Europe and the Near East in Antiquity, Lódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Lódzkiego.
134. The Son of Man in The Gospel of John, (2010), Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Publishers.
135. Jesus' Vision and Delusion (2010), in John T. Greene and Mishael Caspi, eds, Christ Is Doing Fine, Thank You: Still Questing for Jesus, Lewiston: New York: Edwin Mellen Press.
136. The Healing Power of Spirituality, 3 Vols, 2010; Vol. 1, Personal Spirituality, Vol.
2, Religion, Vol. 3, Psychodynamics, Santa Barbara, Denver,
and Oxford: ABC-CLIO Praeger, (contributing author and editor).
137.Dreams, Visions, and Delusions: Madness in Shakespeare, in Nancy Van Dusen, ed., Dreams and Visions, An Interdisciplinary Enquiry, in the series, Presenting
the Past, Central Issues in Medieval and Early Modern Studies Across the
Disciplines, 2010, Leiden: Brill.
138. Honest Faith for our Time; Truth Telling About the Bible, the Creed, and the Church,
2010, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock-Pickwick.
139. Light From the Other Side, The Paranormal as Friend and Familiar, Real Life
Experiences of a Spiritual Pilgrim, 2010, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock –
140. Explaining Evil, 3 vols, 2010, Santa Barbara, Denver, and Oxford: ABC-CLIO
Praeger, (contributing author and editor).
141. Jesus’ Apocalyptic Vision and the Psychodynamics of Delusion, in R. Joseph Hoffman,
ed., Sources of the Jesus Tradition, Separating History From Myth, 2010,
Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 213-255.
142. God's Health and Human Health, in Nancy Van Dusen, ed., Wellness: The Balance Between Wet and Dry, 2011, Leiden: Brill.
143. Schleiermacher’s Die Praktische Theologie, A Post-Modern Translation, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2011, (translator).
144. Wisdom: A Life-time Odyssey in Bible Study, Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2011,
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Author of numerous published letters to the editors of national and international magazines
including the following:
Time Magazine, 12 Mar 84 and 5 Aug 85.
Insight Magazine, 27 Apr 92, 10 Aug 92, 26 Oct 92, 21 Dec 92, 14 Feb 94.
Detroit Free Press, 1990.
Author and producer of five video training packets.
Complete list of publications is available upon request.
Twenty nominated professional societies including Christian Association for Psychological
Studies, Society for Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, International Enoch
Editor in Chief Emeritus of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity,
Editor of the Journal Henoch,
Editor of the International Enoch Studies Congress publications.
Eight Distinguished Scholar Awards, national and international
Nine Distinguished Lectureships, national and international, including the following:
Three Times, the Distinguished Lecturer in Communications, at the Billy Graham Communications Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois.
The Distinguished Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.
The John Finch Lecturship, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, 1980.
Numerous annual national and international biographical publication listings including the various
regional, national, and international Who's Who, The National Distinguished Service Registry of the Library of Congress, Who's Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology, Personalities of America, International Biographical Directory, Who's Who in Theology and Science, and others.
Featured in Science and Theology News, July/August 2004, Templeton Foundation Discoveries,
Research and Ideas from Around the World.
Knighted as a Knight of Grace in the Knights of Malta, Hospitalers of St. John of Jerusalem, in
the Ecumenical Order under the Regency of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, 07
Minister: Ordained to the Christian Ministry, 24 June1956.
Psychotherapist: State of Michigan License Number 6801021184.
Psychotherapist: National Board of Certified Counselors Number 04087.
VI. Vital Statistics.
DOB: 16 July 32
Married to Mary Jo Lewis, 07 Sep 54.
Seven children: Deborah L. Ellens, PhD; Jacqueline Ellens, MBA; Daniel S. Ellens, MBA; Rebecca Jo Ellens, MA; Harold R. Ellens, MBA, Brenda L. Ellens, DVM, Brett Alexander