“Constructions of Gender in Late Antiquity”
DATE: 19-22 July 2021
CHAIRS: Shayna Sheinfeld and Kathy Ehrensperger
Following up on the Enoch Nangeroni Seminar on Gender and Second Temple Judaism (Rome, 2018), this seminar extends the research done in that earlier seminar in order to examine both the continuity and the shifts in the construction of gender as we move into the early 2nd–8th centuries. Our work together in this seminar emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary scholarly discussion across different time periods that are in many ways arbitrary and anachronistic. Participants in this seminar will utilize explicit methodology in their reconstruction of gender from the ancient textual and material sources in the areas of Judaism, Christianity, early Islam, and Roman religions.
Participants include Bernadette Brooten, Peter Mena, Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Carly Daniel-Hughes, Maia Kotrosits, and Lily Vuong.
You can follow the conference on Twitter: #EnochGender21.
For more information, including a tentative schedule and list of participants, visit the conference website. If you have any questions, please contact conference secretary Joshua Scott.
Paul’s Three Paths to Salvation
DATE: 30 September 2021
TIME: 3-5 pm EDT/New York
What did Paul, as an apocalyptic Jew and follower of Jesus, think about the concept of Salvation? Paul did not convert nor break with his inherited traditions but was part of the lively diversity of Second Temple Judaism. Boccaccini’s Paul’s Three Paths to Salvation (Eerdmans, 2020) is an attempt to reconcile the many facets of Paul’s complex Jewish identity while reclaiming him from accusations of intolerance. Boccaccini’s work in reestablishing Paul as a messenger of God’s mercy to sinners is an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about Paul’s place in the contemporary pluralistic world.
This review panel includes an introduction by the author (Gabriele Boccaccini), review presentations by Lisa Bowens (Princeton Theological Seminary), Isaac Oliver (Bradley University), Matthew Novenson (University of Edinburgh), Cecilia Wassen (Uppsala University), and Emma Wasserman (Rutgers University), followed by an open dialogue among participants.
Register for this virtual event here: http://tinyurl.com/a3szndvk
For more information, contact the event secretary, Joshua Scott.
Was Paul An Apocalyptic Jew?
Chairs: Gabriele Boccaccini; Lisa Bowens; Emma Wasserman; Loren Stuckenbruck
Dates: 25-27 October 2021
Paul of Tarsus was born, lived and died a Jew. Raised as a Pharisee, he then joined the early Jesus movement, a first-century Jewish apocalyptic and messianic group. Paul became one of the most vocal leaders of the new movement and promoted its expansion among the gentiles. The conference, organized by the Enoch Seminar and the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, aims to move Pauline research to a further stage, beyond reclaiming Paul to Second Temple Judaism and proving that “he was not Lutheran.” By taking Paul’s Jewishness as a shared starting point, the conference explores the figure of Paul within Second Temple Judaism in a line of continuity with the Jewish apocalyptic tradition (and the Enochic tradition in particular), not as an apostate of Judaism but as part of the vibrant Jewish diversity of the time.
In the style of the Enoch Seminar Colloquia, the conference will not be aimed at a general audience, but will instead bring together a group of selected specialists. It will be a workshop with discussion sessions introduced by oral presentations by specialists, more than a series of papers. The goal is to gather all major specialists working in the field and have plenty of time for discussion.
See the conference webpage for a tentative schedule of workshops. For more information, email the conference secretary, Joshua Scott.