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Ron Hock

Professor Emeritus of Religion

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-0279
Office: ACB 227

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

Born June 15, 1944, in Elmhurst, IL, to Francis A. and Grace M. Hock, I grew up in Lombard, IL, and attended Northern Illinois University (B.A. in psychology in 1966), Southern Methodist University (B.D. in 1969) and Yale University (M.Phil. in 1972; Ph.D. in 1974 in New Testament Studies). In 1975 I joined the faculty of the University of Southern California. I married Carol Erlandson of Lombard, IL, in June 1966 and have two children, Jennifer Lynne (b. 1972) and David Ronald (b. 1974). Jennifer and David grew up in Diamond Bar, CA, attended Ivy League colleges,and are now in their desired professions, university teaching for Jennifer and law for David. My wife taught for thirty years, most of them in Glendora,CA. She is now retired, which allowed us to move to our retirement home in beautiful La Quinta, CA. Travel, reading mysteries, gardening, and jogging fill up my spare time.


Ph.D. New Testament, Yale University, 5/1974
M.Phil. New Testament, Yale University, 5/1972
BD , Southern Methodist University, 6/1969
B.A. Psychology, Northern Illlinois University, 6/1966

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Professor of Religion, University of Southern California, 09/01/1995-  
Associate Professor of Religion, University of Southern California, 09/01/1981-06/01/1995  
Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Southern California, 09/01/1975-06/01/1981  

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Lecturer, Yale Divinity School, 1974-1975   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Hock's research interests are focused on gospel studies and Pauline studies with special emphasis on their relation to social and intellectual conventions in the Early Roman Empire. Current interests include the social conventions that help us to interpret the parables of Jesus, the moral norms that undergird the love commands in the New Testament, and the rhetorical instructions that clarify the composition of the gospels.

Research Keywords

gospel studies, Pauline studies, early Roman Imperial literature, ancient education, Progymnasmata

Research Specialties

parable interpretation, gospel composition, friendship conventions in the Gospel of John, commentaries on the Progymnasmata of Aphthonius of Antioch, Second Sophistic literature

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Institute of Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, CA, Director, Chreia in Ancient Literature and Education Project

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Household Mangagement and the Greek Novel", Society of Biblical Literature, Talk/Oral Presentation, San Diego, CA, Hellenistic Ethics and Early Christian Literature , 2007-2008   
"The Opening of the Gospel of Mark and Insights from the Progymnasmata", Society of Biblical Literature, Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington, D.C., Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, 2006-2007   


Book Chapter

Hock, R. F. (2008). Jesus, the Beloved Disciple and Greco-Roman Friendship Conventions. 1 (Vol. 1). pp. 24 pages. Leiden: Christian Origins and Classical Culture/ E.J. Brill.
Hock, R. F. (2007). "The Problem of Paul's Social Class: Further Reflections". first edition (Vol. 4). pp. 14 pages. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Honors and Awards

Mortar Board Recipient, 2006-2007   

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board, Ancient Narrative, 2007-2008   
Major Reviews Editor, Religious Studies Review, 2007-2008   
Editorial Board, Studies in Antiquity and Christianity, 2007-2008   
Editorial Board, Synkrisis, 2007-2008   

Professional Offices

Steering Committee, Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative, Society of Biblical Literature, 2006-2007   

Professional Memberships

Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, 2007-2008   
Society of Biblical Literature, 2007-2008   
Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, 2007-2008   
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