10. Rome 2018

10th Enoch Nangeroni Meeting, June 17-21st: Gender & Second Temple Judaism

Chairs: Shayna Sheinfeld (Centre College) and Kathy Ehrensperger (Abraham Geiger Kolleg)

Date: June 17-21, 2018

Place:  Rome, Italy

Area of Focus:
While gender is discussed at other conferences and seminars on Second Temple Judaism, it is always as a peripheral topic: a presenter who discusses a text that includes women will usually touch on the subject; likewise, specific portrayals of masculinity may be noted in some texts. Gender as the focus, however, is rare. Our goal in this seminar is to bring into sharp focus the need for a discussion of women in particular and gender in general in light of Second Temple Judaism. Our ancient evidence is generally written and produced by and for men, creating specific challenges to modern interpreters in their quest for historical reconstruction of Second Temple Jewish communities. This seminar will focus on the methodological challenges of considering the ancient evidence and asking questions of gender, and the application of such methodologies to the ancient literary and material evidence.

We expect to have panels covering the following topics: 1) Methodological considerations, 2) Josephus and/or the Hasmonean Dynasty, 3) Material Evidence, 4) so-called Apocyrphal and Pseudepigraphic texts, 5) Dead Sea Scrolls, 6) Philo and/or Wisdom literature; and 7) Early Jesus movement. This seminar will be the first of two seminars on the topic. The second seminar will focus on Gender and Late Antiquity.

The Enoch Seminar invites short papers on the above themes by senior and junior scholars and doctoral students alike. All paper proposals are due by 15 December 2017, to the conference secretary, Joshua Scott at scottjos@umich.edu. In the correspondence, please include your name, institution, paper title, and 500-word abstract. Short papers are limited to 8,000 words, including footnotes, and should be submitted by 16 April, 2018. For any questions on participation, please do not hesitate to contact Joshua Scott, or the conference chairs, Shayna Sheinfeld (shayna.sheinfeld@centre.edu)  and Kathy Ehrensperger (kathy.ehrensperger@gmail.com).


  • Gabriele Boccaccini
  • Francis Borchardt
  • Daniel Boyarin
  • Krista Dalton
  • Kathy Ehrensperger
  • Gabriella Gelardini
  • Betsy Halpern Amaru
  • Andrew Higginbotham
  • Tal Ilan
  • Jessica M. Keady
  • Anders Klostergaard Petersen
  • A.-J. Levine
  • Atar Livneh
  • Kelly Murphy
  • Friederike Oertelt
  • Kevin Osterloh
  • Sara Parks
  • Annette Yoshiko Reed
  • Adele Reinhartz
  • Alison Schofield
  • Joshua Scott (Secretary)
  • Shayna Sheinfeld
  • Angela Standhartinger
  • Hanna Tervanotko
  • Jacqueline Vayntrub


Initial Schedule

  • Sunday Evening
    • Welcome (Shayna & Kathy)
    • Gabriele Boccaccini “Contribution of women to Second Temple Studies, from Lucrezia Tornabuoni (in the 15th century) to the present”
    • Dinner


  • Monday:
    • Morning Session I:
      • Shayna Sheinfeld “Methodological Challenges in the Study of Gender & 2nd Temple Judaism”
    • Morning Session II:
      • Kathy Ehrensperger (Paul)
      • Tal Ilan “Women in the Pharisaic Movement”
    • Morning Breakout Sessions:
    • Afternoon Session:
      • Betsy Halpern Amaru (Jubilees)
    • Afternoon Breakout Sessions (x2)


  • Tuesday:
    • Morning Session:
      • Daniely Boyarin (Josephus)
    • Morning Breakout Sessions (x2)
    • Afternoon: FIELD TRIP (1 OF 2)


  • Wednesday:
    • Morning Session:
      • AJ Levine (Women in the Gospels)
      • Morning Breakout Sessions (x2)
    • Afternoon Session:
      • Adele Reinhartz (gospel of John)
    • Afternoon Breakout Sessions (x2)


  • Thursday:
    • Morning Session:
      • Annette Reed (women and magic)
    • Morning Breakout Sessions (x2)
    • Lunch
    • Afternoon Closing Session (Kathy & Shayna)