20-22 June, 2024
HYBRID (Virtual and In-person)

The Ninth Enoch Graduate Seminar will be held on 20-22 June 2024 in Montréal, hosted by Concordia University Montréal and McGill University. The seminar will be chaired by Lorenzo DiTommaso (Concordia), Gerbern Oegema (McGill), and Jackie Wyse-Rhodes (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary). Joshua Scott (Augsburg University) will serve as Secretary. 

The Enoch Graduate Seminar is an international convening whose goal is to share innovative research ideas in a collegial environment. We welcome doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers working in the fields of Hebrew Bible, Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha, Qumran Scrolls, New Testament, Early Christianity, Classics, Early Islam, and Rabbinic literature to present their papers and participate in general discussion. 

Papers are pre-circulated to Seminar participants one week before the Seminar opens. Participants are expected to read papers before the sessions to maximize critical dialogue and conversational engagement. Sessions feature two or three participants, each of whom briefly summarizes their paper before the floor is opened to questions and table-ronde dialogue. Multiple plenary sessions thus allow presenters to share their research and receive constructive and supportive feedback.

The 2024 Enoch Seminar takes place at the end of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies at McGill University (June 17-19), and partially overlaps a two-day Colloquium on “Interpreting the Septuagint in its Greco-Roman Context” (June 19-20). This will allow those interested to extend their stay and participate in these events as well.

Proposals for papers (500-1,000 words) must be submitted to the event Secretary, Dr. Joshua Scott (scottjos@umich.edu), by 31 January 2024. Completed papers (maximum 6,000 words, not including notes) are due 30 April 2024 for review by the seminar committee.


Thursday 20 June: McGill

  • Enoch Seminar I: 09:00-12:00 – Presbyterian College (3495 University St.), Classroom 1, 2nd floor

Presiding: Jackie Wyse-Rhodes

09:00-09:30 Benjamin Frostad (McMaster University), “Jewish Times or Pagan Times? An Inquiry into Galatians 4:8-11”
09:30-10:00 Irene Quach Soquier (McMaster University), “Hellenistic Jewish Lists of Virtues and Vices: Reading Gal 5:19-23 with Ben Sira and the Wisdom of Solomon”
10:00-10:30 Lilly Davis (University of Notre Dame), “Recentering a Peripheral Parallel: Acts 9:1–20 and The Legend of Heliodorus”
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 C.J. Gossage (Hebrew Union College), “4Q175 as Historiography” (Zoom)
11:15-11:45 Jacob Beebe (University of Toronto), “Unpacking Titles: A Transtextual Review of Titles in the Community Rule”
11:45-12:15 Tommy Woodward (Florida State University), “What Bounces off Me and Sticks to You: Theorizing Laughter in 4 Maccabees”

  • LXX + Enoch: Lunch 12:15-13:30 – Presbyterian College courtyard


  • LXX [+ Enoch] 13:30-16:30 – Birks Building (3520 University St.), Room 111

    Presiding: Dirk Büchner

    13:30-14:00 Roberto Carrera, “Translation of Asyndetic Clauses in Job 3.33-36”
    14:00-14:30 Ellen De Doncker, “Translating God’s Senses in LXX-Pentateuch: A Prefixed Theology?”
    14:30-15:00 Break
    15:00-15:30 Joong Wook Choi, “Greek Isaiah in Exile: The Recurrence of Remnant-rhetoric”
    15:30-16:00 Matthew Quitana, “The Intertextual and Theological Interpretive Potential of Greek Isaiah: A Study in LXX Isaiah 65:17–25”
    16:00-16:30 Gideon Kotzé, “C’est la vie! Comments on the Theology and Intention implied by LXX Ecclesiastes 6:1–2”

    • Enoch + LXX: Enoch Seminar Keynote Lecture: 16:30-17:30 – Birks Chapel

    Adele Reinhartz, “Facts and Fictions: The Jewish Role(s) in (Theories of) Christian Origins”

    • LXX + Enoch: Dinner 18:00-20:00 – McGill Faculty Club (3450 McTavish St.), Billiard Room, 3rd floor

    Dinner for LXX and Enoch Graduate Seminar participants


    Friday 21 June: Concordia

    • Enoch Seminar II: 09:00-11:30 – John Molson School of Business (1600 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West), Room 2.130 [Floating Box]

    Presiding: Naftali Cohn

    09:00-09:30 Shuai Zhang (Capital Normal University and McGill University), “The Combination of Tradition and Reality: Josephus’ Use of Daniel’s Prophecies”
    09:30-10:00 John Dik (Unversität Münster), “Constitution and Transformation of God’s People in Apocalyptic Writings after the Fall (2 Baruch and Revelation)” (Zoom)
    10:00-10:30 Dustin Barker (Concordia University Montreal), “Determinism and Moral Agency in 4 Ezra”
    10:30-10:45 Break
    10:45-11:15 Merja Vuolteenaho (EFT Leuven), “Sons of God, Prophesying and Interpretation of Scripture in the NT and Early Judaism. Case Study of 1 Cor. 14 and John 10:33b-38”
    11:15-11:45 Priscille Marschall Vallone (Université Laval), “Identifying the ‘Opponents’ in the Coptic Apocalypse of Peter (NHC VII,3).”

    • Enoch Seminar Lecture: 11:45-12:30 – Floating Box

    Carly Daniel-Hughes, “Adornments of Empire: Rethinking Gender in Early Christianity”


    • Lunch: 12:30-13:15 – Floating Box


    ● Enoch Seminar III:  13:15-16:30 – Floating Box

    Presiding: Gerbern Oegema
    13:15-13:45 Karin Hügel (Universiteit van Amsterdam), “Surviving instead of Dying—Rabbinic Exceptions: Queer Readings of the Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 74 and Its Parallels” (Zoom)
    13:45-14:15 Jae Min Lee (University of Toronto), “Songwriter Moses: Exploring the Figure of Moses as a Songwriter in the Second Temple Period”
    14:15-14:45 Jakub Pogonowski (Uniwersytet Warszawski), “Gentile Torah Practice apart from Proselyte Conversion: Rereading Paul and Acts on Circumcision through Josephus’ Adiabene Narrative”
    14:45-15:00 Break
    15:00-15:30 Daniel J. Kunkel (Fordham University), “Suffered Under Pontius Pilate(’s Wife): An Analysis of Matthew 27:19B in Context” (Zoom)
    15:30-16:00 Sarina Odden Meyer (Concordia University Montreal), “The Heroines are in the Details: Bringing the Women at the Empty Tomb Back to Life”
    16:00-16:30 Katharine Fitzgerald (McMaster University), “Threatened Bodies: Gender and Trauma in the Narratives of Judith and Susanna”

    • Enoch Seminar Roundtable: 16:30-17:30 – Floating Box

    Jackie Wyse-Rhodes and Joshua Scott, “Entering the Job Market” (with Q&A)


    • Dinner: 19:00-21:00 – Crescent Street (TBD)

    Dinner for LXX and Enoch Graduate Seminar participants


    Saturday 22 June: Concordia 

    • Enoch IV: 09:00-12:30 – Floating Box

    Presiding: Jackie Wyse-Rhodes
    09:00-09:30 Sarah Turner-Smith (University of Nottingham),“Crafty Wordplay Hiding in Ahiqar and Proverbs” (Zoom)
    09:30-10:00 Gwangsoo Lee (University of St Andrews), “The Identity of the Feast in 1 Samuel and Jubilees: The Feast of Tabernacles as a Prayer for Birth or as a Celebration of Birth?”
    10:00-10:30 Nazeer N. Bacchus (New York University), “Enchantment and Its Discontents: On the Erotic Lives of Image-Things in Ezekiel”
    10:30-11:00 Break
    11:00-11:30 Carlos A. Garcia (University of Notre Dame), “Liturgy and Cosmology in Hebrews: The Son’s Enthronement and the Reconstitution of Heaven”
    11:30-12:00 Fady Mekhael (McMaster University), “After Jerusalem’s Temple: The Heavenly Temple in Early Judaism and Luke-Acts”
    12:00-12:30 Farhan Iqbal (University of Ottawa), “Unveiling the Enigma: Exploring the ‘I Am’ Statements in the Gospel of John”

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