6. Camaldoli 2016

John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a form of Jewish Messianism

Camaldoli, June 19-24, 2016

Foresteria del Monastero di Camaldoli

Camaldoli, Italy

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Gabriele Boccaccini, Benjamin Reynolds, Deborah Forger

The Nangeroni Meeting on “John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a form of Jewish Messianism” will be held in Camaldoli, Italy from June 19-24, 2016.

Conference Committee:

Gabriele Boccaccini, Benjamin Reynolds, Deborah Forger

Confirmed Participants:

  1. Paul Anderson, George Fox University, USA
  2. Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA
  3. Christiane Bramkamp, WWU Muenster, Germany
  4. Jo-Ann Brant, Goshen College, USA
  5. Andrew Byers, Durham University, UK
  6. James Charlesworth, Princeton University, USA
  7. Wally Cirafesi, University of Oslo, Norway
  8. Kelley Coblentz-Bautch, St. Edward’s University, USA
  9. James Davila, University of St. Andrews, UK
  10. Douglas Estes, South University, USA
  11. Crispin Fletcher-Louis, Whymanity Research and Training, UK
  12. Deborah Forger, University of Michigan, USA
  13. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theologial Seminary, USA
  14. Robert Hall, Hampden Sydney College, USA
  15. Matthias Henze, Rice University, USA
  16. Angela Kim Harkins, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA
  17. Giovanni Ibba, Central Italy Theological Seminary, Italy
  18. Jonathan Lo, Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary, Hong Kong
  19. William Loader, Murdoch University, Australia
  20. Grant Macaskill, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  21. Paul Mandel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  22. Mary Marshall, Murdoch University, Australia
  23. James McGrath, Butler University, USA
  24. Jocelyn McWhirter, Albion College, USA
  25. Marida Nicolaci, Facoltà Teologica di Sicilia, Italy
  26. Chad Pierce, Faith Christian Reformed Church, USA
  27. Adele Reinhartz, University of Ottawa, Canada
  28. Benjamin Reynolds, Tyndale University College, Canada
  29. John Ronning, Faith Theological Seminary, USA
  30. Shayna Sheinfeld, Centre College, USA
  31. Beth Stovell, Ambrose University, Canada
  32. Andrea Taschl-Erber, Graz/Alttestamentliche Bibelwissenschaft, Austria
  33. Meredith J.C. Warren, University of Sheffield, UK
  34. Catrin Williams, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Wales, UK
  35. Urban von Wahlde, Loyola University of Chicago, USA
  36. Joel Willits, North Park University, USA
  37. Ziony Zevit, American Jewish University, USA
  38. Ruben Zimmermann, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany


The purpose of the sixth Nangeroni meeting is to explore the Gospel of John’s christology, traditionally considered to be “high christology,” as part of the diversity of Jewish messianism within the Second Temple Period. The focus of discussions will address John’s depiction of the messiah in relation to the following topics: “divinity” and a divine messiah, the Incarnation, wisdom traditions, Enoch traditions and the Son of Man, Davidic expectations, and Moses and Torah. The following questions will serve to guide our sessions: How and in what ways can the Gospel of John’s messiah be situated within Second Temple Period Judaism? Can John’s christology be seen as a part the diversity of Jewish messianism? If so, should it still be labeled a high christology? Can the Johannine messiah be considered “divine”? Were there other divine messiahs in Second Temple Judaism? What do we mean by “divine” and “divinity”? Is there a relationship between John’s λόγος and the Jewish sapiential tradition? What, if any, sort of relationship exists between Second Temple interpretations of the “one like a son of man,” particularly in the Parables of Enoch, and what we find in the Gospel of John? How do Nathanael and the Jerusalem crowd’s “King of Israel” and Pilate’s “King of the Jews” influence our perspectives on Davidic/kingship traditions in Second Temple Judaism, especially in light of Roman rule? How do the Moses traditions in the Gospel of John add to our understanding of prophetic messiah expectations of the time?


Participation in the sixth Nangeroni Meeting is by invitation only. If you are interested in joining the meeting, please contact the organizers.

The registration fee is based on the number of Enoch Seminars/Nangeroni Meetings you have attended in the past:

$125 – Newcomers $110 – Attended 1 Seminar $100 – Attended 2 Seminars $90 – Attended 3 Seminars $75 – Attended 4 or 5 Seminars + all emeriti $0 – Attended 6 or more Enoch Seminars or Nangeroni Meetings


The rate for all-inclusive accommodations at Foresteria del Monastero di Camaldoli is a 300 Euros for all participants, 200 Euros for respondents, and 0 Euros for Major Paper Presenters. We ask that–if possible– you bring this amount in cash, in Euros, with you to Italy as there have at times been difficulty in the past with international credit cards at our conference site.

Travel Information

The site of the Seminar and our accommodations is the Foresteria del Monastero di Camaldoli (Località Camaldoli, 52010 Camaldoli), which is in the province of Arezzo, about 50 km north of Arezzo.

Località Camaldoli, 52010 Camaldoli

Tel. 0575/556013

Fax 0575/556001

[email protected]


To get to Arrezo, you can book your flight to Florence, Rome, or Bologna. You will then take the train to Arezzo.

  •  From the Florence Airport (Peretola), you will need to take a bus/cab to the main train station, Santa Maria Novella, then the train to Arezzo
  • From Rome (Fiumicino), you will take the train to Roma Termini, then to Arezzo.
  • From Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), you will take the bus/taxi to Bolgona Centrale and from there to Arezzo.
    • In all instances, try to avoid local trains which stop at every station and therefore take much longer. Look for high-speed, intercity, or frecciarosa trains.

We will schedule a bus to take us from the Arezzo Railway Station to Camalodoli at 5:00pm on Sunday, June 19. There is a cafe in the Railway Station where folks have congregated in the past that has worked well as a meeting point.

If you are unable to make this bus, you can take the train from Arezzo to Bibbiena. From Bibbiena, you can take a taxi to Camaldoli (~20-30 euros); however, on a Sunday night, you may have difficulty locating a taxi in Bibbiena. You may also take a taxi directly from Arezzo to Camaldoli, but this will be more expensive (about 80+ euros).

Please check the Trenitalia website (http://www.trenitalia.com) for up to date train schedules and travel times.

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