The Seleucid and Hasmonean Periods and the Apocalyptic Worldview

Gazzada (Milan), 25 – 29 June 2012

Chair: Lester L. Grabbe, University of Hull, England
Co-Chair: Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA


The aim of the 2012 conference is to give a historical and sociological analysis of apocalyptic literature and perspective during the Seleucid and Hasmonean periods (c. 200-63 BCE). As usual, all papers will circulate in advance and will not be read by the writers. The time given will be devoted primarily to discussion. The main speakers at this moment, in addition to the chairs Lester Grabbe and Gabriele Boccaccini, include Pierluigi Piovanelli, Philip Davies, Anathea Portier-Young, and we hope Michael Stone, while Erich Gruen has agreed to be an overall respondent.

As these meetings are strictly limited to a maximum of 35 participants (including speakers), we invite all who are interested to contact the chair Professor Lester Grabbe ( and the secretary Jason Zurawski ( as soon as possible, at the latest by December 15, 2011.

A. Introductory Papers

B. Major Papers

Anathea Portier-Young  Apocalyptic Worldviews

C. Short Papers

D. Responses

Paper Presenters

    • Lester L. Grabbe, University of Hull, England
    • Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA
    • Philip Alexander, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Betsy Halpern Amaru, emeritus, Vassar College, USA
    • Ory Amitay, University of Haifa, Israel
    • Joseph Angel, Yeshiva University, USA
    • Kenneth Atkinson, University of Northern Iowa, USA
    • Albert I. Baumgarten, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    • Giovanni Bazzana, Harvard University, USA
    • Pierpaolo Bertalotto, Rice University, USA
    • Esther Chazon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    • Edward Dabrowa, University of Cracow, Poland
    • Lorenzo DiTommaso, Concordia University, Canada
    • Vicente Dobroruka, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
    • Torleif Elgvin, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Norway
    • Sandra Gambetti, College of Staten Island-CUNY, USA
    • Yonder Gillihan, Boston College, USA
    • Eric Gruen, University of California at Berkely, USA
    • Årstein Justnes, University of Agder, Norway
    • John Kampen, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, USA
    • Alexander Kulik, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    • Daniel Machiela, McMaster University, Canada
    • Paul Mandel, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Israel
    • Gerbern S. Oegema, McGill University, Canada
    • Laura C. Paladino, Italy
    • Pierluigi Piovanelli, University of Ottawa, Canada
    • Anathea Portier-Young, Duke Divinity School, USA
    • Joseph Sievers, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Vatican
    • Michael Stone, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    • Ralph Williams, University of Michigan, USA
    • Jason M. Zurawski, University of Michigan, USA