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vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS T his book is the culmination of the instruction, support, and friendship I have received from mentors, colleagues, editors, and family during my doctoral studies at Harvard University. I am thankful for my doctoral advisor, Karen L. King, whose invaluable insight guided the development and articulation of my arguments. I could not ask for a more attentive, encouraging, and sagacious mentor. I am grateful for Laura S. Nasrallah, who took me under her wings early on during my M.Div. studies as her research assistant and has remained an important influence in my intellectual development. Her careful reading of the manuscript has saved it from countless sins of verbosity, awkward wording, and theoretical imprecision. And thanks are due to Emma Dench, who cheerfully agreed to read my work in order to ensure that its treatment of Greek and Roman source materials would be intelligible and even persuasive among scholars in the field of classics. I hope to emulate her cheerful enthusiasm for the study of antiquity in my own teaching and research. I am appreciative of the spirit of collegiality at Harvard Divinity School that has nourished my mind and spirit. I am especially thankful for the friendships of Roberto Mata and Michelle C. Sanchez , whose informed perspectives on postmodern, sociological, and postcolonial theories have enriched my reading of ancient materials . I am grateful for those who carefully read and commented upon early drafts of my chapters, including Professors Giovanni Bazzana, Eldon J. Epp, and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, as well as Margaret viii Acknowledgments Butterfield, Jung Hyun Choi, Chan Sok Park, Eunyung Lim, Jennifer Quigley, and Tyler Schwaller. I am also grateful for the many friendships formed at Harvard that have sharpened my scholarship as iron sharpens iron: Geoffrey S. Smith, Matthew Ketchum, Arminta Fox, Courtney Wilson VanVeller, and Michal Beth Dinkler. My reading of the philosophical materials was enhanced from spirited gatherings of Lawrence Wills, Nathaniel P. DesRosiers, Daniel C. Ullucci, and Christopher Stroup. And I would be remiss not to recognize the many ways my scholarship and life have been enriched by the mentorship of Helmut Koester, S. Scott Bartchy, and Cavan W. Concannon. My deepest gratitude extends to each of you and your beautiful families—­ Gisela Koester, Nancy Breuer, and Rae Huang—­ for welcoming me and my own into your homes and lives. It was both an honor and a pleasure to work with Carey Newman and his talented team at Baylor University Press. Carey’s seasoned instincts for what makes a readable book were foundational for reframing the argument of my manuscript and reclaiming my voice throughout the book. My appreciation also extends to the Louisville Institution, Andover Newton Theological School, and Loyola Marymount University for their institutional support of my early career that made it possible to revise and expand my dissertation. I am especially grateful for Loyola Marymount University’s financial support in covering the costs of images included in this book. And most importantly I thank God for blessing me with such a wonderful and supportive family. My parents, Tom and Robin, whose immeasurable support that goes beyond their financial assistance and loving guidance throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies has allowed me to flourish into the scholar I am today. Thank you for everything. I especially stand in the debt of gratitude to my amazing wife, Stephanie, without whose support and love I could not have accomplished what I have here. Thank you for your unfailing love. And finally, to my beautiful and brilliant daughters, Claire and Emily, even with this book completed, you both remain my greatest accomplishment in life yet. Chris Hoklotubbe Corona, California ...