Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of Jubilees
The success of the new format and the friendly atmosphere of the Foresteria of the Monastery of Camaldoli convinced the organizers to repeat the experience at the same location with a larger group of participants.
The Fourth Enoch Seminar was organized by the University of Michigan (Dept. of Near Eastern Studies) and the Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies, in collaboration with the Camaldoli Order, the University of Bologna (Ravenna Campus), the Jewish Community of Florence, and the Amicizia Ebraico-Cristiana of Ravenna. It focused on the interaction between Mosaic and Enochic traditions in Second Temple Judaism and on the synthesis between them in the Book of Jubilees.
28 papers (and 23 short papers) circulated in advance and were discussed at the conference in plenary sessions and five discussion groups, at the introduction of 6 respondents. In attendance were 84 scholars from 17 countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the Vatican). Among the newcomers: Betsy Halpern Amaru, Darrell Bock, Calum Carmichael, Gene Davenport, Lutz Doering, David Jackson, Grant Macaskill, Bilhah Nitzan, Eyal Regev, Michael Segal, Joseph Sievers, and Azzan Yadin.
The last day of the Seminar was held in nearby Ravenna at the invitation of Mauro Perani (University of Bologna, Ravenna Campus), President of the European Association for Jewish Studies.
The Proceedings were published by Eerdmans in 2009 [Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of the Book of Jubilees, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini and Giovanni Ibba]. The short papers appeared in a special issue of the journal Henoch [Enoch and Jubilees: Short Papers from the Fourth Enoch Seminar, ed. Pierpaolo Bertalotto and Todd Hanneken, Henoch 31.1, 2009].