First Enoch Seminar (2001 Florence), conference

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Palazzo Corsi Salviati, Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy
Participants at the First Enoch Seminar
Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan

The First Enoch Seminar (2001) is an international Conference organized by the Enoch Seminar.

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The First Enoch Seminar was held in Florence, Italy on the "Origins of Enochic Judaism."

The Enoch Seminar took shape in the year 2000 at the initiative of a group of international scholars, who answered Gabriele Boccaccini’s call for a meeting of American, European and Israeli specialists on Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins. The founding group included James Charlesworth, John Collins, Michael Daise, Yaron Eliav, Martha Himmelfarb, George Nickelsburg, Pierluigi Piovanelli, David Suter, Benjamin Wright, and Adela Yarbro Collins, from America; Andreas Bedenbender, Claudio Gianotto, Florentino García Martínez, Klaus Koch, Michael Knibb, Helge Kvanvig, Paolo Sacchi, Loren Stuckenbruck, and Eibert Tigchelaar, from Europe; Devorah Dimant, Hanan Eshel, Esther Eshel, and Ithamar Gruenwald, from Israel.

23 papers circulated in advance and were discussed at the conference in plenary sessions. In attendance were 35 scholars, from 8 countries (Canada, Germany, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America).

The Proceedings were published in 2002 by Zamorani in a special issue of the journal Henoch The Origins of Enochic Judaism (2002 Boccaccini), edited volume. In 2007 a group of participants revisited the material and produced a second publication by Brill The Early Enoch Literature (2007 Boccaccini, Collins), edited volume.

Schedule & Papers

  • Randy A. Argall - Competing Wisdoms: 1 Enoch and Sirach
  • Gabriele Boccaccini - The Chronology of the Schism
  • James H. Charlesworth - A Rare Consensus among Enoch Specialists: The Date of the Earliest Enoch Books
  • Ithamar Gruenwald - The Cultural Setting of Enoch-Apocalypticism: New Reflections
  • Martha Himmelfarb - The Book of the Watchers and the Priests of Jerusalem
  • Pierluigi Piovanelli - A Theology of the Supernatural in the Book of Watchers? An African Perspective
  • The Origins of Evil in Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition: The Interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 In the Second and Third Centuries BCE
  • John J. Collins - Theology and Identity in the Early Enoch Literature
  • Luca Mazzinghi - Qohelet and Enochism: A Critical Relationship
  • Helge S. Kvanvig - Origin and Identity of the Enoch Group: Some Limited reflections
  • David W. Suter - Revisiting "Fallen Angel, Fallen Priest"


  1. Andreas Bedenbender, Humboldt University, Germany
  2. Randy A. Argall, Jamestown University, USA
  3. Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA
  4. Alessandro Catastini, University of Pisa, Italy
  5. James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
  6. Sabino Chialà, Comunità di Bose, Italy
  7. John J. Collins, Yale University, USA
  8. Michael Daise, William and Mary College, USA
  9. Devorah Dimant, University of Haifa, Israel
  10. Yaron Eliav, University of Michigan, USA
  11. Mark A. Elliott, University of Toronto, Canada
  12. Esther Eshel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  13. Hanan Eshel, (1958-2010), Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  14. Florentino Garcia Martinez, Groningen Qumran Institute, Netherlands
  15. Claudio Gianotto, University of Turin, Italy
  16. Ithamar Gruenwald, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  17. Martha Himmelfarb, Princeton University, USA
  18. Sylvia Honigman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  19. Michael A. Knibb, emeritus, King’s College London, England
  20. Klaus Koch, emeritus, University of Hamburg, Germany
  21. Helge S. Kvanvig, University of Oslo, Norway
  22. Luca Mazzinghi, Central Italy Theological Seminary, Italy
  23. George W.E. Nickelsburg, emeritus, University of Iowa, USA
  24. Pierluigi Piovanelli, University of Ottawa, Canada
  25. Stephen B. Reid, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, USA
  26. Liliana Rosso Ubigli, University of Turin, Italy
  27. Paolo Sacchi, emeritus, University of Turin, Italy
  28. Brian Schmidt, University of Michigan, USA
  29. David W. Suter, Saint Martin’s College, USA
  30. Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Groningen Qumran Institute, Netherlands
  31. Benjamin G. Wright, Lehigh University, USA
  32. Adela Yarbro Collins, Yale University, USA


  • Rav Joseph Levi, Florence Jewish Community, Italy
  • Mauro Perani, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Ralph Williams, University of Michigan, USA
  • Helen Burroughs, Villa Corsi Salviati, University of Michigan, USA


  • J. Harold Ellens, University of Michigan, USA
  • Adam Chalom, University of Michigan, USA
  • James Waddell, University of Toledo, USA