Waldemar Janzen was born in the Ukraine during the Stalin era. At the age of three, he lost his father, a Mennonite teacher and minister, to a Soviet concentration camp. In 1943, during World War II, he escaped with his mother to Germany, where he was a refugee until his immigration to Canada in 1948. He earned degrees of B.A. (University of Western Ontario), B.D. (Mennonite Biblical Seminary), M.A. (German; University of Manitoba), Th.M. (Old Testament; Harvard Divinity School), and Ph.D. (Near Eastern Languages and Literatures; Harvard University). He served as academic dean at Canadian Mennonite Bible College for many years and he is currently Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and German, and continues to teach on a part-time basis. Among Janzen's published works are Mourning Cry and Woe Oracle, Still in the Image: Essays in Old Testament Theology and Anthropology, and Old Testament Ethics: A Paradigmatic Approach.