2020 Enoch Online Seminar Schedule

DAY 1 (Monday, June 29, 2020)
9:30am-10am AM – Welcome [Gabriele Boccaccini].
A conversation of Gabriele Boccaccini with John Collins, Amy-Jill Levine, Isaac Oliver, Rodney Caruthers and Sofanit Abebe on the present and future of studies of Second Temple Judaism, while participants gather from all around the world.

10:00 – 10:15 AM  – Opening Remarks [Kelley Coblentz Bautch]

10:15 – 11:15 AM – Awards Ceremony

  • “Enoch Seminar Life Achievement Award” to honor Paolo Sacchi, George Nickelsburg, Robert Kraft, Michael Knibb, Michael Stone, and Devorah Dimant, “in gratitude for their exceptional contribution to the field of Second Temple Jewish Studies and their generous service in the Enoch Seminar.”
  • Presenters: Gabriele Boccaccini, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Annette Reed, John Collins, Jonathan Ben-Dov, Lorenzo DiTommaso

11:15 – 11:30 AM Introduction to the Conference [Lorenzo DiTommaso]

12:00 – 1:30 PM  If “apocalyptic is the mother of theology,” is the problem of evil the mother of “apocalyptic”? [Chair: Loren Stuckenbruck]

  • Panelists: Ida Fröhlich, Albert Baumgarten, Emmanouela Grypeou
  • Respondents: Matthew Goff, Matthias Hoffmann, Alexander Kulik
  • Discussants: Gabriele Boccaccini, Ronald Herms, Mark Leuchter …

2:30 – 4:00 PM  What was the nature and extent of Zoroastrian, Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Greco-Roman influences on the diverse notions of evil in Second Temple Judaism? [Chair: Lorenzo DiTommaso]

  • Panelists: Jason Silverman, Harold Attridge, Lorenzo DiTommaso
  • Respondents: Vicente Dobroruka, Pierluigi Piovanelli, David Hamidovic
  • Discussants: Giovanni Bazzana, Joan Taylor, Jan Dochhorn, Matheus de Carvalho, Henryk Drawnel …

DAY 2 (Tuesday, June 30, 2020)

9:30 AM  Remarks from Day 1 [Gabriele Boccaccini; Lorenzo DiTommaso; Kelley Coblentz Bautch; Loren Stuckenbruck]

10:00 – 11:30 AM  Which are the different ways in which evil was understood to enter into the world? Which historical or social circumstances prompted the preference from one or the other? Was it a case of a religious development in response to fundamental changes in the religious environment? In both cases, where and why? [Chair: Kelley Coblentz Bautch]

  • Panelists: Carol Newsom, Loren Stuckenbruck, James VanderKam
  • Respondents: Matthias Henze, Lester Grabbe, Anathea Portier-Young
  • Discussants: Fiodar Litvinau, Daniel Assefa, Sofonit Abebe, Henryk Drawnel …

12:00 – 1:30 PM How do non-apocalyptic texts of the period engage with the issue of the origin of evil and the theological problems it raises? Is there literary evidence, explicit or implicit, for contemporary debate regarding the existence of multiple explanations for the origin of evil in the world, particularly regarding the ways that each explanation addresses theological and existential issues? [Chair: Jason Zurawski]

  • Panelists: Gerbern Oegema, Karina Martin Hogan, Greg Sterling
  • Respondents: Hindy Najman, Benjamin Wright, Samuel Adams
  • Discussants: Erich Gruen, Francis Borchardt, Tessa Rajak …

2:30 – 4:00 PM Are evil human or superhuman figures a necessary and functional part of the earliest expressions of evil, or did they develop later? [Chair: Lorenzo DiTommaso]

  • Panelists: Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Ryan Stokes, Archie Wright
  • Respondents: Michael Morris, Lorenzo DiTommaso, Angela Kim Harkins
  • Discussants: Jonathan Ben-Dov, Joshua Scott …

4:15 – 5:00 PM  – Meeting of the PhD Students and post-Doc attending the conference [Chairs: Gabriele Boccaccini, Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, Deborah Forger, and Rodney Caruthers]

DAY 3 (Wednesday, July 1, 2020)

9:30 AM  Remarks from Day 1 [Gabriele Boccaccini; Lorenzo DiTommaso; Kelley Coblentz Bautch; Jason Zurawski]

10:00 – 11:30 AM The origin of evil in the Dead Sea Scrolls [Chair: Loren Stuckenbruck]

  • Panelists: John Collins, Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer, Miryam Brand
  • Respondents: Timothy Lim, Elisa Uusimäki, Benjamin Wold

12:00 – 1:30 PM How is the problem of evil and its origin addressed in the Parables of Enoch and the Synoptics? [Chair: Gabriele Boccaccini]

  • Panelists: Leslie Baynes, Gabriele Boccaccini, Daniel Boyarin
  • Respondents: Jim Davila, Eric Noffke, Benjamin Reynolds

2:30 – 4:00 PM Do Paul and John stand in line with trajectories already evident in the Synoptics and Jewish apocalyptic literature of the era, or do they represent a new direction? Do we have evidence of divergent notions on the origin of evil in the early Jesus movement? [Chair: Benjamin Reynolds]

  • Panelists: Paula Fredriksen, Adele Reinhartz, Edmondo Lupieri
  • Respondents: Matthew Thiessen, Jutta Leonhart-Balzer, Craig Koester

DAY 4 (Thursday, July 2, 2020)

9:30 AM  Remarks from Day 1 [Gabriele Boccaccini; Lorenzo DiTommaso; Loren Stuckenbruck; Benjamin Reynolds]

10:00 – 11:30 AM How is the problem of evil and its origin addressed in Rabbinic literature? Does it/they stand in line with trajectories already evident in the Jewish literature of the Second Temple Period, or does it represent a wholly new explanation? [Chair: Jason Zurawski]

  • Panelists: Hector Patmore, Steven Fraade, Paul Mandel
  • Respondents: Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Ronit Nikolsky, Mika Ahuvia

12:00 – 1:30 PM How is the problem of evil and its origin addressed in “gnostic” (Valentinian, Sethian, Mandaean) literature? Do they stand in line with trajectories already evident in the Second Temple Period, or represent a wholly new explanation? [Chair: Kelley Coblentz Bautch]

  • Panelists: Jason BeDuhn, Alberto Camplani, James McGrath
  • Respondents: April DeConick, Nicola Denzey-Lewis, Dylan Burns

2:30 – 4:00 PM Wrap-up Session

  • 2:30pm-3:45pm – Panelists: Lorenzo DiTommaso, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Loren Stuckenbruck, Miryam Brand, John Collins, Gabriele Boccaccini
  • 3:45pm – Final remarks [Gabriele Boccaccini]: Twenty Years of Activities of Enoch Seminar: From Florence to the Cyberspace. In memory of Hanan Eshel, Shemaryahu Talmon, J. Harold Ellens, Klaus Koch, Michael Bonner, Geza Xeravits, and Larry W. Hurtado. Committed to building the new generation of scholars in Second Temple Judaism.