Hoklotubbe receives international award for his first book


June 8, 2021

Assistant Professor at Cornell College Religion Chris Hoklotubbe received a prestigious award for his book “Civilized Piety: The Rhetoric of Pietas in Pastoral Epistles and the Roman Empire”.

Assistant Professor of Religion Chris Hoklotubbe

He received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Prize for Theological Promise, an international prize which rewards 10 young researchers each year for the excellence of their thesis or first post-doctoral manuscript on the theme of God and spirituality.

Hoklotubbe says it’s a huge honor for him, especially because his book had to be carefully reviewed and recommended by two academics in his field just to be considered for the price. Then, to win, the book was judged by a panel of 20 researchers from 15 different countries.

The religion teacher took four years to write and research her book, which is a review of her thesis. The pages of his book explore the Letters to Timothy and Titus, New Testament books often referred to as Pastoral Epistles.

“The author of these letters characterizes the followers of Christ as model citizens as they exemplify one of the most essential and esteemed Roman virtues, pietas or piety,” Hoklotubbe said. “I show that in the Roman Empire the pietas became something of a national virtue, much like freedom, justice and equality are for us in the United States. And like these American virtues, different individuals and groups vying for social status and prestige would assert their claims to piety in order to advance their social status or would challenge the legitimacy of the piety of others in order to advance. their own social status or legitimacy. of their demands.

Since publishing his book and receiving this award, Hoklotubbe has worked on a number of projects related to the Biblical Letters of Timothy and Titus, including an essay providing an overview of the state of research on these texts (Baker Academic Press, 2022), study notes for an upcoming Annotated Study Bible for the forthcoming “Updated Edition of the New Revised Standard Version” (Westminster / John Knox Publishing, 2023), and an academic commentary on these letters for the internationally recognized series The New International Greek Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans Press, 2029).

“I am honored and delighted that this work has been so well received by international experts in my field. It’s always a little terrifying and humiliating to see your work read by others, especially those whose work and brilliance you respect.

Hoklotubbe started at Cornell College in 2017 and teaches courses on the intersection of race, gender and sexuality in the Christian tradition, New Testament, Roman religion, Native American spiritualities, world religions and religion. and American politics.


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