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Jack (John Allan) McLean/J.A. McLean was born in Toronto, Canada on June 7, 1945. He holds undergraduate degrees in French literature from the Sorbonne (1968) and French and Religious Studies from Trinity College, the University of Toronto (1970). He graduated with distinction with an M.A. in the History of Religions from the University of Ottawa (1972) studying under Samaritan religion scholar, professor emeritus Reinhard Pummer.

Jack also studied introductory Persian with Dr. Berengian at the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto and Islamic history with the well-known scholar, Aziz Ahmad. At the University of Toronto, he studied biblical symbolism with the famous literary critic Northrop Frye.

Jack is the current convener of the Ottawa Creative Writers’ Group (founded 1993) and a weekly contributor to the Faith and Ethics page of the Ottawa Citizen (“Ask the Religion Experts”).

See also my autobiography, Teaching the Faith, Magic Moments, Meeting Great Souls, and find interviews with me at

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