6. Apocalyptic Paul 2021

“Was Paul an Apocalyptic Jew? A Case in Jewish Diversity in the Second Temple Period” (Virtual Event, Mon-Wed, Oct 25-27, 2021)

Conference Chairs: Gabriele Boccaccini; Lisa Bowens; Emma Wasserman; Loren Stuckenbruck

Paul of Tarsus was born, lived and died a Jew. Raised as a Pharisee, he then joined the early Jesus movement, a first-century Jewish apocalyptic and messianic group. Paul became one of the most vocal leaders of the new movement and promoted its expansion among the gentiles. The conference, organized by the Enoch Seminar and the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, aims to move Pauline research to a further stage, beyond reclaiming Paul to Second Temple Judaism and proving that “he was not Lutheran.” By taking Paul’s Jewishness as a shared starting point, the conference explores the figure of Paul within Second Temple Judaism in a line of continuity with the Jewish apocalyptic tradition (and the Enochic tradition in particular), not as an apostate of Judaism but as part of the vibrant Jewish diversity of the time.

In the style of the Enoch Seminar Colloquia, the conference will not be aimed at a general audience, but will instead bring together a group of selected specialists. It will be a workshop with discussion sessions introduced by oral presentations by specialists, more than a series of papers. The goal is to gather all major specialists working in the field and have plenty of time for discussion.

Participation is limited to members of academia.

– A registration link for this completely virtual event will be posted here when available –

For more information, contact the conference secretary, Joshua Scott (scottjos@umich.edu).


Tentatively, we will have 7 workshops, introduced by 3-4 specialists, on the following topics:

  • Monday, Oct 25, 2021:
  • Opening session: Status questionis
  • (1) The Origin of Evil, the Devil, and the Triumph of God on Evil Forces
  • (2) Paul’s Apocalyptic Messianism
  • Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021:
  • (3) Paul and the Torah in an Apocalyptic Perspective
  • (4) Justification, Forgiveness, Judgment, and Salvation
  • (5) No longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female: Gender, ethnicity and social status in apocalyptic perspective
  • Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021:
  • (6) Paul’s “Conversion” within Judaism: an Apocalyptic Jew and a (Former?) Pharisee
  • (7) Paul the Apocalyptic Jew within Paganism
  • Wrap-up session: what’s next?


  1. Joseph Angel, Yeshiva University, USA
  2. Albert Baumgarten, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  3. Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St Edwards University, USA
  4. Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA
  5. Daniel Boyarin, University of California Berkeley, USA
  6. Lisa M. Bowens, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
  7. Alexandra Brown, Washington & Lee University, USA
  8. Douglas Campbell, Duke University, USA
  9. Carsten Claussen, Paderborn University, Germany
  10. John J. Collins, Yale University, USA
  11. Jamie P. Davies, Trinity College, Bristol, England.
  12. Genevive Dibley, Rockford University, USA
  13. Laura Dingeldein, University of Illinois Chicago, USA
  14. Lorenzo DiTommaso, Concordia University, Canada
  15. Susan Eastman, Duke Divinity School, USA
  16. Kathy Ehrensperger, University of Potsdam, Germany
  17. Yael Fisch, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  18. Deborah Forger, Dartmouth College, USA
  19. Paula Fredriksen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  20. Michele Freyhauf, PhD Candidate, Durham University, England
  21. Joshua D. Garroway, Hebrew Union College, USA
  22. Beverly Gaventa, Baylor University / Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
  23. Matthew Goff, Florida State University, USA
  24. Matthias Henze, Rice University, USA
  25. J. Thomas Hewitt, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  26. L. Ann Jervis, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, Canada
  27. Thomas Kazen, Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden
  28. Mark S. Kinzer, rabbi and author, USA
  29. G. Anthony Keddie, University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada
  30. Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University, USA
  31. Grant Macaskill, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  32. Jason Maston, Houston Baptist University, USA
  33. Kelly J. Murphy, Central Michigan University, USA
  34. Mark Nanos, University of Kansas, USA
  35. Jared Neusch, doctoral student, King’s College London, England
  36. Matthew Novenson, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  37. Gerbern Oegema, McGill University, Canada
  38. Isaac Oliver, Bradley University, USA
  39. Benjamin Reynolds, Tyndale University, Canada
  40. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  41. Joshua Scott, PhD candidate, University of Michigan, USA
  42. Loren T. Stuckenbruck, University of Munich, Germany
  43. Matthew Thiessen, McMaster University, Canada
  44. James Waddell, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, USA
  45. Emma Wasserman, Rutgers University, USA
  46. Rebecca Wollenberg, University of Michigan, USA
  47. Magnus Zettelholm, Lund University, Sweden