Dr. Hays is one of ten early-career scholars from around the world to receive the award
Christopher Hays, D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of
Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, has been named a
recipient of the 2013 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, sponsored by the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Foundation.
Each year the award is
given to ten early-career scholars from around the world in recognition of the
best doctoral or first post-doctoral works on the topic of “God and
Spirituality (as broadly understood).” Winners are selected by an international
committee of distinguished scholars.
Dr. Hays received the
award for his book Death
in the Iron Age II and in First Isaiah (Mohr Siebeck, 2011), which explores the ways in which the
rhetoric of death functioned in the Ancient Near East during the Iron Age II
and offers new interpretations of more than a dozen passages in the book of
In a recent review of
the book in the Journal of Hebrew
Scriptures, University of Zurich Professor of Old Testament Konrad Schmid
called it “a very impressive scholarly work that sets a high standard for
Hays and other award
recipients will be honored at a ceremony on May 31, 2013, at the University of
Heidelberg in Germany. They will also participate in a colloquium to present
and discuss their next research projects and receive a $10,000 cash prize.
Award winners will also have an opportunity to propose an international and
interdisciplinary colloquium on an important academic topic.
“It’s an honor to be
included with the past winners of this award, and I look forward to getting to
know this year’s other recipients at the symposium next summer,” Hays said.
“I’m grateful to my mentors at Princeton Seminary and Emory for supporting me,
and to Fuller for supporting faculty research.”
Howard Loewen, dean of
Fuller Seminary’s School of Theology, said, “On behalf of his Fuller faculty
colleagues, I want to publicly congratulate Dr. Chris Hays for this outstanding
achievement. With the reception of this premiere award, Dr. Hays has clearly
established himself as a top-flight scholar in his fields of study. We are
indeed honored and privileged to have a professor of Dr. Hays’s caliber on our
biblical studies faculty. We are excited with him for the signature recognition
he has received alongside an international cast of young and very promising
scholars representing some of the best theological schools in the world.”
Other award winners
represent universities in Germany, Israel, England, Australia and the United