The Origins of Enochic Judaism

Florence, 19-23 June 2001
Palazzo Corsi-Salviati

  • Chair: Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA

The Enoch Seminar took shape in the year 2000 at the initiative of a group of international scholars, who answered Gabriele Boccaccini’s call for a meeting of American, European and Israeli specialists on Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins. The founding group included James Charlesworth, John Collins, Michael Daise, Yaron Eliav, Martha Himmelfarb, George Nickelsburg, Pierluigi Piovanelli, David Suter, Benjamin Wright, and Adela Yarbro Collins, from America; Andreas Bedenbender, Claudio Gianotto, Florentino García Martínez, Klaus Koch, Michael Knibb, Helge Kvanvig, Paolo Sacchi, Loren Stuckenbruck, and Eibert Tigchelaar, from Europe; Devorah Dimant, Hanan Eshel, Esther Eshel, and Ithamar Gruenwald, from Israel.

23 papers circulated in advance and were discussed at the conference in plenary sessions. In attendance were 35 scholars, from 8 countries (Canada, Germany, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America).

The Proceedings were published in 2002 by Zamorani in a special issue of the journal Henoch [The Origins of Enochic Judaism, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini, Henoch 24.1-2, 2002].

In 2007 a group of participants revisited the material and produced a second publication by Brill [The Early Enoch Literature, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini and John Collins].

See 1st Enoch Seminar (4 Enoch Encyclopedia)


Competing Wisdoms: 1 Enoch and Sirach
Randy A. Argall - Jamestown University - USA

The Chronology of the Schism
Gabriele Boccaccini - University of Michigan - USA

A Rare Consensus among Enoch Specialists: The Date of the Earliest Enoch Books
James H. Charlesworth - Princeton Theological Seminary - USA

The Cultural Setting of Enoch-Apocalypticism: New Reflections
Ithamar Gruenwald - Tel Aviv University - Israel

The Book of the Watchers and the Priests of Jerusalem
Martha Himmelfarb - Princeton University - USA

A Theology of the Supernatural in the Book of Watchers? An African Perspective
Pierluigi Piovanelli - University of Ottawa - Canada

The Origins of Evil in Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition: The Interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 In the Second and Third Centuries BCE
Loren T. Stuckenbruck

Revisiting “Fallen Angel, Fallen Priest”
David W. Suter - St Martin’s University - USA

Origin and Identity of the Enoch Group: Some Limited reflections
Helge S. Kvanvig - University of Oslo - Norway

Qohelet and Enochism: A Critical Relationship
Luca Mazzinghi

Theology and Identity in the Early Enoch Literature
John J. Collins - Yale University - USA

  • Andreas Bedenbender, Humboldt University, Germany
  • Randy A. Argall, Jamestown University, USA
  • Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA
  • Alessandro Catastini, University of Pisa, Italy
  • James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
  • Sabino Chialà, Comunità di Bose, Italy
  • John J. Collins, Yale University, USA
  • Michael Daise, William and Mary College, USA
  • Devorah Dimant, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Yaron Eliav, University of Michigan, USA
  • Mark A. Elliott, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Esther Eshel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Hanan Eshel, (1958-2010), Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Florentino Garcia Martinez, Groningen Qumran Institute, Netherlands
  • Claudio Gianotto, University of Turin, Italy
  • Ithamar Gruenwald, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Martha Himmelfarb, Princeton University, USA
  • Sylvia Honigman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Michael A. Knibb, emeritus, King’s College London, England
  • Klaus Koch, emeritus, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Helge S. Kvanvig, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Luca Mazzinghi, Central Italy Theological Seminary, Italy
  • George W.E. Nickelsburg, emeritus, University of Iowa, USA
  • Pierluigi Piovanelli, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Stephen B. Reid, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, USA
  • Liliana Rosso Ubigli, University of Turin, Italy
  • Paolo Sacchi, emeritus, University of Turin, Italy
  • Brian Schmidt, University of Michigan, USA
  • David W. Suter, Saint Martin’s College, USA
  • Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Groningen Qumran Institute, Netherlands
  • Benjamin G. Wright, Lehigh University, USA
  • Adela Yarbro Collins, Yale University, USA
  • Helen Burroughs, Villa Corsi Salviati, University of Michigan, USA


  • Rav Joseph Levi, Florence Jewish Community, Italy
  • Mauro Perani, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Ralph Williams, University of Michigan, USA


  • J. Harold Ellens, University of Michigan, USA
  • Adam Chalom, University of Michigan, USA
  • James Waddell, University of Toledo, USA