Second Enoch Seminar (2003 Venice), conference

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Palazzo Sullam, Venice, Italy
Participants at the Second Enoch Seminar
Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan

The Second Enoch Seminar (2003) is an international Conference organized by the Enoch Seminar.

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The Second Enoch Seminar was held in Venice [Italy] on "Enoch and Qumran Origins."

The success of the First Enoch Seminar convinced the promoters to expand the call to a larger number of international scholars and specialists in the Enoch literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Second Enoch Seminar was organized by the University of Michigan (Dept. of Near Eastern Studies and Frankel Center for Judaic Studies) and for the first time, by the Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies, in collaboration with the City of Venice, the Catholic Dioceses and the Jewish Community of Venice, the Segretariato Attività Ecumeniche of Venice, and the Italian Biblical Association BIBLIA. It probed the role played by the Enoch literature in shaping the ideology and the practice of the Essene movement and the Qumran community, focusing on the work of five international specialists—John Collins, James VanderKam, George Nickelsburg, Florentino García Martínez, and Gabriele Boccaccini.

15 papers (and 32 short papers) circulated in advance and were discussed at the conference in plenary sessions. In attendance were 53 scholars from 10 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America). Among the newcomers: Matthias Albani, Albert Baumgarten, Stefan Beyerle, James Davila, Marcello Del Verme, Torleif Elgvin, Ida Fröhlich, Lester Grabbe, Matthias Henze, Armin Lange, Erik Larson, Timothy Lim, Emile Puech, Annette Reed, Jacques van Ruiten, Lawrence Schiffman, Shemaryahu Talmon, and James VanderKam.

The final session of the Enoch Seminar, a panel at the Scuola Grande of San Giovanni Evangelista, marked the beginning of another conference on Jewish and Christian messianism, Il Messia tra memoria e attesa, open to the public and jointly organized with the Italian Biblical Association BIBLIA, with more than 200 participants. Enoch Seminar members Gabriele Boccaccini, John Collins, James Charlesworth, and Ithamar Gruenwald offered papers together with Italian specialists Rinaldo Fabris, Bruno Maggioni, Sergio Caruso, Amos Luzzatto, and Paolo De Benedetti.

The Proceedings of the Second Enoch Seminar were published in 2005 by Eerdmans; see Enoch and Qumran Origins (2005 Boccaccini), edited volume. An additional volume on the early Enoch literature was planned and published in 2007 by Brill; see The Early Enoch Literature (2007 Boccaccini, Collins), edited volume. The Proceedings of the BIBLIA meeting were published in 2005 in Italian by Morcelliana; see Il messia tra memoria e attesa (2005 Boccaccini), edited volume.


  1. Matthias Albani, University of Leipzig, Germany
  2. Jeff Anderson, Wayland Baptist University at Anchorage, USA
  3. Albert I. Baumgarten, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  4. Andreas Bedenbender, Humboldt University, Germany
  5. Stefan Beyerle, Oldelburg University, Germany
  6. Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA
  7. Piero Capelli, University of Venice, Italy
  8. James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
  9. Sabino Chialà, Comunità di Bose, Italy
  10. John J. Collins, Yale University, USA
  11. Michael Daise, William and Mary College, USA
  12. Philip R. Davies, Sheffield University, England
  13. James R. Davila, St. Andrews University, Scotland
  14. Marcello Del Verme, University of Naples, Italy
  15. Torleif Elgvin, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Norway
  16. Yaron Eliav, University of Michigan, USA
  17. Mark A. Elliott, University of Toronto, Canada
  18. Esther Eshel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  19. Hanan Eshel, (1958-2010), Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  20. Ida Fröhlich, Catholic University of Budapest, Hungary
  21. Florentino Garcia Martinez, Groningen Qumran Institute, Netherlands
  22. Claudio Gianotto, University of Turin, Italy
  23. Lester L. Grabbe, University of Hull, England
  24. Ithamar Gruenwald, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  25. Charlotte Hempel, , England
  26. Matthias Henze, Rice University, USA
  27. Martha Himmelfarb, Princeton University, USA
  28. Michael A. Knibb, emeritus, King’s College London, England
  29. Klaus Koch, emeritus, University of Hamburg, Germany
  30. Helge S. Kvanvig, University of Oslo, Norway
  31. Armin Lange, University of North Carolina, USA
  32. Erik W. Larson, Florida International University, USA
  33. Timothy H. Lim, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  34. Corrado Martone, University of Turin, Italy
  35. George W.E. Nickelsburg, emeritus, University of Iowa, USA
  36. Pierluigi Piovanelli, University of Ottawa, Canada
  37. Emile Puech, France, and Ecole Biblique, Israel
  38. Annette Y. Reed, McMaster University, Canada
  39. John C. Reeves, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
  40. Henry W. Rietz, Grinnell College, USA
  41. Liliana Rosso Ubigli, University of Turin, Italy
  42. Jacques van Ruiten, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  43. Paolo Sacchi, emeritus, University of Turin, Italy
  44. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University, USA
  45. David W. Suter, Saint Martin’s College, USA
  46. Shemaryahu Talmon, (1920-2010), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  47. Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Groningen Qumran Institute, Netherlands
  48. Patrick Tiller, ,
  49. James C. VanderKam, Notre Dame University, USA
  50. Megan Williams, University of Michigan, USA
  51. Benjamin G. Wright, Lehigh University, USA


  • Mauro Perani, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Ralph Williams, University of Michigan, USA
  • Cecilia Lakin, director, University of Michigan, USA


  • Aaron Brunell, University of Michigan, USA
  • Jason von Ehrenkrook, University of Michigan, USA
  • J. Harold Ellens, University of Michigan, USA
  • Ronald Ruark, University of Michigan, USA
  • James Waddell, University of Toledo, USA