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Oregon State University, Corvallis

In Memoriam
Obituary from the personal website of Marcus J. Borg

Marcus J. Borg, beloved husband and father, renowned teacher, author and leading scholar of the historical Jesus, New Testament and contemporary Christianity, died on January 21, 2015, following a battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 72 years of age.

Marcus Borg was an internationally revered speaker and scholar who authored or co‐authored 21 books, some which were New York Times and national bestsellers. His books have won multiple awards and been translated into twelve languages. The New York Times called him, “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.”

Marcus Borg earned his doctorate degree from Oxford University. He was a professor at Oregon State University for 28 years where he held the Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture at the time of his retirement in 2007. His long career has included appointment as Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co‐chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars, and a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar. He was a greatly sought‐after speaker and lecturer domestically and internationally at universities, colleges, churches, retreat centers and museums, including both The Chautauqua and The Smithsonian institutions…

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  • Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most (2014)
  • Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power—And How They Can Be Restored (2011)
  • Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith (2010)
  • The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon, with John Dominic Crossan (2009)
  • The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach Us About Jesus’ Birth, with John Dominic Crossan
  • Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
  • Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001)
  • God at 2000 (editor, with Ross Mackenzie, 2001)
  • The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. Co-authored with N. Thomas Wright, 1999
  • Conflict, Holiness and Politics in the Teachings of Jesus, rev. ed., 1998 (originally published in 1984)
  • Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings, ed., 1997
  • The God We Never Knew, 1997
  • The Lost Gospel Q, ed., 1996
  • Jesus at 2000, ed., 1996
  • The Search for Jesus: Modern Scholarship Looks at the Gospels, co-authored with John Dominic Crossan and Stephen Patterson, ed. by Hershel Shanks, 1994
  • Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship, 1994
  • Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, 1994
  • Jesus: A New Vision, 1987
  • The Year of Luke, 1976
  • Conflict and Social Change, 1971

Academic Credentials

  • A.B., Concordia College
  • M.Th., Oxford University
  • D.Phil., Oxford University

Special Study

  • Union Theological Seminary, New York
  • University of Tübingen

Academic Appointments

  • Hundere Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University, 1993-continuing. At Oregon State since 1979
  • Visiting Professor of New Testament, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, 1989–1991
  • Chism Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, 1986–1987
  • Assistant Professor of Religion, Carleton College, 1976–1979
  • Assistant Professor of Religion, South Dakota State University, 1975–1976
  • Instructor and Assistant Professor of Religion, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 1966–1969, 1972–1974

Professional Service

  • Chair of Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, 1987–1992
  • Co-chair of International Society of Biblical Literauture New Testament Program Committee, 1991–1995
  • Society of Biblical Literature, Executive Council, 1993–1996
  • Editorial Board, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 1991–
  • Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Oregon State University, 1988–1992
  • Faculty Council President, Oregon State University, 1985–1986, 1992–1993

Honors and Awards

  • College of Liberal Arts Faculty Excellence Award, OSU, 1997
  • “Distinguished Professor,” OSU, 1992
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Award, 1988
  • Researcher of the Year, College of Liberal Arts, OSU, 1986
  • Oregon Legislature Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, 1986
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Award, 1985
  • Burlington Northern Teaching Award, OSU, 1985
  • Elizabeth Ritchie Outstanding Teaching Award, OSU, 1984
  • Danforth Fellowship, 1965-1966, 1696-1972
  • Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship, 1964-1965
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