Enoch and the Messiah Son of Man: Revisiting the
Book of Parables

Camaldoli, 6 – 10 June 2005
Foresteria del Monastero di Camaldoli

Chair: Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA

The Third Enoch Seminar at Camaldoli signaled the determination of the promoters to strengthen the seminar format of the meeting and focus on the analysis of specific texts. The format now included for the first time the presence of an inner circle of specialists and discussion groups open to all participants.

The conference 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, and the Jewish Community of Florence. It focused on the ideology and date of the Parables of Enoch as a Second Temple Jewish document and on its message about the coming of the heavenly Messiah Son of Man.
Ten papers (and 12 short papers) circulated in advance and were discussed at the conference in plenary sessions and three discussion groups, at the introduction of 10 respondents. In attendance were 43 scholars from 11 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America). Among the newcomers: Daniel Assefa, Jonathan Ben-Dov, Daniel Boyarin, Charles Gieschen, Robert Kraft, Hindy Najman, Gerbern Oegema, Daniel Olson, Andrei Orlov, and Michael Stone, and Pieter Venter.

  • William Adler, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Luca Arcari, University of Naples, Italy
  • Daniel Assefa, Ethiopia, France
  • Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward’s University, USA
  • Andreas Bedenbender, Humboldt University, Germany
  • Jonathan Ben-Dov, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA
  • Daniel Boyarin, University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
  • Sabino Chialà, Comunità di Bose, Italy
  • John J. Collins, Yale University, USA
  • Esther Eshel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Hanan Eshel, (1958-2010), Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Ida Fröhlich, Catholic University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Charles Gieschen, Concordia College, USA
  • Lester L. Grabbe, University of Hull, England
  • Darrell D. Hannah, ,
  • Matthias Henze, Rice University, USA
  • Giovanni Ibba, Central Italy Theological Seminary, Italy
  • Michael A. Knibb, emeritus, King’s College London, England
  • Klaus Koch, emeritus, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Robert Kraft, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Helge S. Kvanvig, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Luca Mazzinghi, Central Italy Theological Seminary, Italy
  • Phillip Munoa, Hope College, USA
  • Hindy Najman, University of Toronto, Canada
  • George W.E. Nickelsburg, emeritus, University of Iowa, USA
  • Eric Noffke, Rome, Italy
  • Gerbern S. Oegema, McGill University, Canada
  • Daniel Olson, ,
  • Andrei A. Orlov, Marquette University, USA
  • Pierluigi Piovanelli, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Paolo Sacchi, emeritus, University of Turin, Italy
  • Michael Stone, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • David W. Suter, Saint Martin’s College, USA
  • Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Groningen Qumran Institute, Netherlands
  • James C. VanderKam, Notre Dame University, USA
  • Pieter M. Venter, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Leslie Walck, ,
  • Benjamin G. Wright, Lehigh University, USA
  • Adela Yarbro Collins, Yale University, USA



  • J. Harold Ellens, University of Michigan, USA
  • James Waddell, University of Toledo, USA
  • Ronald Ruark, University of Michigan, USA
  • Jason von Ehrenkrook, University of Michigan, USA
  • Aaron Brunell, University of Michigan, USA
  • Justin Winger, University of Michigan, USA