Studies in Second Temple Judaism
and Christian Origins

29-30 April, 2021

The Eighth Enoch Graduate Seminar will be held April 29-30th, 2021 online via Zoom conference. The seminar will be chaired by Jackie Wyse-Rhodes (Bluffton University), Deborah Forger (Dartmouth College), and Rodney Caruthers (Gustavus Adolphus College).

The Enoch Graduate Seminar is an international convening of doctoral students where the goal is to share innovative research ideas in a collegial environment. Participants will gather for two days online to present and discuss papers on a variety of topics related to their field of research. Participants are expected to read the papers beforehand to maximize conversational engagement. Multiple sessions will be held for presenters to share their research and receive constructive and supportive feedback. Each paper will receive 35 minutes of discussion following a brief introduction.

The seminar welcomes doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers to present papers and participate in general discussion. Participants from various fields related to and including Hebrew Bible, Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha, Qumran Scrolls, as well as Christian and Rabbinic literature are invited to attend.

Proposals for papers (500-1,000 words) must be submitted by January 22, 2021. Completed papers (maximum 6,000 words, not including notes) are due February 26th, 2021 for review by the seminar committee. Completed papers will be made available in advance for all participants to read before the first day of the seminar.

Please contact the Secretary of the seminar, Rodney Caruthers (, for registration details and submission of proposals and papers.



Eighth Enoch Graduate Seminar 2021

April 29-30 (Thursday and Friday)

All times are Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST)

Thursday, April 29

Opening Remarks (10:00am – 10:30am) 

Session One (10:30am – 12:45pm)

“Against the Women”: Interrogating the Roles of Evil Spirits in 1 Enoch 15:12 on Gender Performative Roles

Florence Egbeyale, Florida State University

Transcultural Perspectives on Law in the Fourth Book of Ezra

Florian Neitmann, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

John 1: A Cosmology for the Colonized

Daniel Collins, United Lutheran Seminary

Break (12:45pm – 1:30pm)

Session Two (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

Unbinding the Minor Prophets of the Hebrew Bible: Ben Sira’s Jewish Authoritative Collection List Revisited and Re-Evaluated

Joshua Matson, Florida State University

Mocking Songs and Sneering Throngs: Theorizing Laughter in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Tommy Woodward, Florida State University

Break (3:30-4:00pm)

Guest Speaker (4:00pm – 5:00pm)

Casey Elledge, Ph.D., Professor in Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College


Friday, April 30

Session One (10:00 am – 12:15pm)

Apocalypticism during the Late Second Temple Period. John the Baptist as a Study Case

Daniele Minisini, Sapienza University of Rome

Does the Son of Man Possess the Divine Name? And a Critique of Larry Hurtado

Clay Mock, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

Goodness, Gracious, Great Swords of Fire! The Judeo-Hellenic Context of Military Scenes in Joseph and Aseneth

Gillian Glass, University of British Columbia

Break (12:15-1:15pm)

Session Two (1:15pm – 3:30pm)

“From the Words of the Watchers and the Holy Ones I Heard Everything:” Ancient Jewish Scribalism, Response, and the Organization of Knowledge

Emily Olsen, Florida State University

At the Intersection of Historiography and Rhetoric: Ideologies of Language and Knowledge in the Book of Jubilees and Related Literature

Naila Razzaq, Yale University

The Phallus in Our Stars: Sexual Violence in the Animal Apocalypse

Megan Remington & Julianna Smith, University of California, Los Angeles

Break (3:30-4:00pm)

Guest Speaker (4:00pm-5:00pm)

Shively Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of New Testament, Boston University School of Theology

Close & Appreciation