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T. Christopher Hoklotubbe
Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow


B.A., Post Baccalaureate, University of California Los Angeles, summa cum laude
M.Div., Harvard University
Th.D., Harvard University


T. Christopher Hoklotubbe received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Louisville Institute as part of the Vocation of the Theological Educator initiative, a program funded by Lilly Endowment.

Chris completed his doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School. His dissertation, “The Rhetoric of PIETAS: The Pastoral Epistles and Claims to Piety in the Roman Empire,” examines the multifaceted socio-political functions that “piety" served within various cultural fields of the ancient Mediterranean world. This study argues that contemporary discourses on piety illuminate the Pastoral Epistles’ own strategies of negotiating imperial culture and brokering power among patrons and rival religious experts.

Originally from Southern California, Chris received both his B.A. in the Study of Religion and Post-Baccalaureate in Classics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Chris then went on to earn an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, during which time he completed his field education at Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston. Chris remains an active member of Fourth Presbyterian, through which he was ordained both a deacon and elder.

Chris’s scholarship is driven by his interest in how early Christian ethics and theology reflects a dynamic engagement with the Roman Empire and philosophical traditions. In his teaching, Chris is especially passionate about discussing the diverse voices and vibrant stories of early Christianity that are often marginalized by traditional narratives of Christian origins. When he is not teaching, you can expect to find him playing with his daughter Claire on the campus green along with his wife or cheering on the Red Sox.

See the Andover Newton course schedule for current course offerings.

Primary course areas:
Early Christian History
New Testament

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