Curriculum Vitae


Born 13 March 1927, Albany, Oregon. Raised on a farm near Albany and educated in the Albany public schools. Served in the U. S. Marine Corps, in 1944-46. Children: Daniel, John, Susan, and Deborah, and Rachel.


1946-51      University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, B. A., History

1951-54      School of Religion, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, M.A., Semitic Studies

1954            New York University, New York, NY, Summer Program in Israel

1954-56      Dropsie College, Philadelphia, PA, Semitic Languages (with Cyrus H. Gordon)

1956-59      Brandeis University, Waltham, Ph.D., Mediterranean Studies (with Cyrus H. Gordon)

Academic Appointments

1957-58      Phillips University, Enid, OK, Assistant Professor of Bible

1958-62      The Graduate Seminary, Phillips University, Enid, OK, Professor of Old Testament

1962-76      The School of Theology at Claremont, Claremont, CA, Professor of Old Testament

1962-76      The Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literature.

1965-76      The Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, CA, Director of the Ugaritic and Hebrew Parallels Project

1976            Early retirement from positions in Claremont in order to participate in ecological farming/ranching, writing, teaching and editing in Northern California (in Covelo, CA)

1985            Visiting Professor of Semitic Languages, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

1986            Professor of New Testament, University of the Pacific Stockton, CA.

1986-88      Professor of Old Testament, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA.

1986-87      Professor of New Testament, California State University, Sacramento, CA.

1987-88      Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History, California State University, Sacramento, CA.

Other Professional Activities

1963            Hebrew Union College, Summer Program of Field Archaeology in Jerusalem, Israel

1964-65      Syria, Israel, and Paris
     Worked with:
            Claude F. A. Schaeffer at Ugarit in Syria
            G. Ernest Wright in Israel
            Claude F. A. Schaeffer in Paris (new Tablets from Ugarit) at the Collège de France

1969            Resident Scholar, The American Church in Paris and additional research on Ugaritic Tablets, Collège de France

1969-75     Treasurer, The Society of Biblical Literature

1969-70     President, Pacific Section of The Society of Biblical Literature

1974            Visiting Professor (winter), University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

1976-79     Rancher and Editor, The Yolla Bolly Press, Covelo, CA

1979-84     Rancher, Writer, and Editor, Covelo, CA

1985-89     Rancher, Writer, Editor (Polebridge Press), and Part-time Professor, Covelo and Dixon, CA.

1989-97     Rancher and Writer, Covelo, CA.

1997-07     Rancher and Writer, Willits, CA. 95490

2007, 19 March at the Center for Process Studies there was a Job Convocation to discuss my three books on Job (Who Hears the Cries of the Innocent?, The Minority Report, and The Rebel Job).

2007-          Writer, Walnut Creek, CA


"An Amarna Age Prodigal," Journal of Semitic Studies 3, 2 (April 1958) 113-122.

"If Not Now, When?," The Scroll LI, 1 (Summer 1959) 11-18.

"SDYN in Job XIX 29," Vetus Testamentum XI, 3 (1961) 342-343.

"Abraham and his Priest-King," Journal of Biblical Literature LXXXI, 3 (1962) 264-270.

"The Temple Quarter," Journal of Semitic Studies 8, 1 (Spring 1963) 34-41.

"Betrayed by Friends," Interpretation XVII, 1 (January 1964) 20-38.

"Creation at Ugarit and in the Old Testament," Vetus Testamentum XV, 3 (1965) 313-324.

"From Chaos to Cosmos," Encounter 26, 2 (Spring 1965) 183-197.

"Can This be the Son of David?," Jesus and the Historian ed. by F. Thomas Trotter (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1968) 82-97.

"Tell it the Way it is," a review of Creation Versus Chaos by Bernard W. Anderson in Interpretation (1969) 81-84.

"An Enthronement Ritual at Ugarit," with F. Brent Knutson in Journal of Near Eastern Studies 28, 3 (July 1969) 157-167.

"An Ugaritic Ritual and Genesis I:1-5," Ugaritica VI , ed. by Jacques-Claude Courtois (Paris: Mission Archéologique De Ras Shamra, Collège de France, 1969) 197-205.

"Man and Nature in Old Testament Traditions," International Documentation on the Contemporary Church (September 1970).

"A New Ritual Calendar from Ugarit," Harvard Theological Review 63 (1970) 485-501.

"Two Projects at Claremont," Ugarit-Forschungen III (1971) 25-32.

"New Readings for the Ugaritic Texts in Ugaritica V," Ugarit-Forschungen III (1971) 356.

"Psalm Notes," in the Oxford Annotated Bible based on the New English Bible (March 1973).

"The Connection," The Christian Ministry (September 1973) 31-32.

"The Patriarchal Cycles," in Orient and Occident ed. by Harry Hoffner (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1973) 59-65.

"Mankind in Creation," Mid-Stream XIII (Fall-Winter 1973-74) 35-47.

"Preface" and "An International Judgment," in The Claremont Ras Shamra Tablets ed. by Loren R. Fisher, Analecta Orientalia 48 (Roma: Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, 1971) 7-8 and 11-21.

"Introduction," in Ras Shamra Parallels, Vol. I, ed. by Loren R. Fisher, Analecta Orientalia 49 (Roma: Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, 1972) xi-xxiii.

"Introduction" and "Literary Genres in the Ugaritic Texts" in Ras Shamra Parallels, Vol. II, ed. by Loren R. Fisher, Analecta Orientalia 50 (Roma: Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, 1975) xi-xiii and 131-152.

Line Editor: Judith and Herbert Kohl, The View from the Oak (San Francisco/New York: Sierra Club Books/Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976).

Acquisitions, development, and line editor: Warren Johnson, Muddling toward Frugality, (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1978).

Editor (with Paul Hanson): Delbert R. Hillers, Micah, in Hermeneia (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984).

At this point my name was changed from Loren R. Fisher to Loren R. Mack-Fisher. It appears as such in the following publications:

"Diamonds in the Dunghill," Westar Magazine, Vol. I, No.1 (February 1987) 6-8.

"Pat Robertson's Founding Fathers," Westar Magazine, Vol. I, No. 2, (April 1987) 7.

"A Response to TIME," The Fourth R, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Jan 1989) 7.

"Genesis Parallels," The Fourth R, Vol. 2, No. 6 (Nov 1989) 7-9.

"Dust or Mud?" The Fourth R, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Jan 1990) 13.

"The Man with no Name," The Fourth R, Vol. 3, No. 2 (March, 1990) 11-12.

"From Ugarit to Gades: Mediterranean Veterinary Medicine," in Sopher Mahir: Northwest Semitic Studies Presented to Stanislav Segert, ed. by Edward M. Cook, Vols. 5 & 6 of Maarav, Spring 1990, (Western Academic Press, Santa Monica, CA.), 207 - 220.

"A Survey and Reading Guide to the Didactic Literature of Ugarit: Prolegomenon to a Study on the Sage," in The Sage in Ancient Israel and the Ancient Near East, ed. by John G. Gammie and Leo G. Perdue (Winnona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 1990), 67 - 80.

"The Scribe (and Sage) in the Royal Court at Ugarit," in The Sage in Ancient Israel and the Ancient Near East, ed. by John G. Gammie and Leo G. Perdue (Winnona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 1990), 109 - 115.

The following are under Loren Fisher.

Genesis, A Royal Epic, Xlibris: Philadelphia, 2000.(Introduction, Translation, and Notes)

Who Hears the Cries of the Innocent?, Xlibris: Philadelphia, 2002. (Introductions, Translations of Job I and Job II, and Notes)

The Jerusalem Academy, Xlibris: Philadelphia, 2002. (A historical novel about the making of the book of Genesis)

The Minority Report, Silenced by Religion, Xlibris: Philadelphia, 2004 (A sequel to The Jerusalem Academy)

The Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor, Xlibris: Philadelphia, 2004 (Loren Fisher translated this from the Egyptian and John Fisher illustrated it)

The Rebel Job, Xlibris: Philadelphia, 2006

The Aftermath, Fisher Publications: Willits, 2006 (An account 1941-1946 and my Marine Corps experience)

Three Egyptian Stories: Sinuhe, The Enchanted Prince, and Wen-Amon, Fisher Publications: Willits, 2006

Poems: On Being Human, Fisher Publications: Willits, 2006 (a collection of many of my poems)