The Sense(s) of History: Ancient Apocalypses and their Temporalities
We're pleased to announce the inauguration of a new scholarly initiative, the Enoch Colloquia. This first colloquium, held in conjunction with the 2017 SBL meeting in Boston, focuses on the diverse senses of history within ancient apocalypses. The goal of our conversation will be to better understand the religious experiences and imaginations of the authors (and readers) of this literature by integrating analyses of Jewish and Christian apocalypses with anthropological discussions of historicity and multiple temporalities. The 6th Enoch Seminar Reception at the SBL, held on the evening of November 18, will include a concluding panel of the colloquium.
Chair: Giovanni Bazzana (Harvard) Date:November 16-18, 2017 Location: Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Manuscripts, Traditions, Interpretations, and their Biblical Context
The 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls offers an opportune time to examine anew the field of Dead Sea Studies. This conference aims to create a platform for scholarly exchange concerning the present state of professional research in the field of Qumran studies. The contributions may deal with any topic related to the Dead Sea Scrolls, be it archaeological, paleographic, literary, historical, social, biblical, or religious. The preferred approach is to present a particular theme from the perspective of the development of the related scholarly research, beginning with the first publications of a Qumran manuscript, or first/early interpretations concerning a particular topic related to Qumran research.
Chairs: Henryk Drawnel, Adam Kubiś, and Andrzej Piwowar Date:October 25-26, 2017 Location: John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity
The 9th Enoch Seminar and the resultant volume will examine the diverse understandings of tôrāh, beginning with the texts of the Hebrew Bible through to the Second Temple period and late antiquity, moving beyond traditional paradigms such as the early usage of tôrāh as general instruction vs. the transition to nomos, as “law,” or the development of a “normative” notion of Torah (capitalization intentional) in the Second Temple period. Participants are encouraged to rethink our scholarly assumptions and preconceptions on the topic and tackle the questions anew in light of more critical philological and historical approaches.
Chairs: William M. Schniedewind (UCLA) and Jason Zurawski (University of Groningen) Date:June 18-23, 2017 Location: Camaldoli, Italy
New Perspectives and Contexts in the Study of Islamic Origins
This meeting follows the success of our first seminar on Islamic origins held in Milan in 2015. Major speakers include: Gabriele Said Reynolds (University of Notre Dame); ); Boaz Shoshan (Ben Gurion University); Averil Cameron (University of Oxford)
James VanderKam introduces Gabriele Boccaccini at the SBL Midwest Regional
Gabriele Boccaccini opened the SBL Midwest Regional Conference (Notre Dame) with a talk on the forgiveness of sins in Enoch and the Synoptic Gospels. The presentation was based on Boccaccini’s research published in Gabriele Boccaccini and Loren T. Stuckenbruck, eds., Enoch and the Synoptic Gospels: Reminiscences, Allusions, Intertextuality. Early Judaism and Its Literature. SBL Press, 2016.