Sixth Enoch Graduate Seminar (2016 Austin), conference

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University of Texas at Austin
Opening of the conference
Bag and Booklet
Jonathan Kaplan, University of Texas at Austin
Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward's University
Isaac Oliver, Bradley University

The Sixth Enoch Graduate Seminar (2016), is an international Conference for advance doctoral students and recent Ph.D.'s organized by the Enoch Seminar, as part of the ongoing series of meetings of the Enoch Graduate Seminar (since 2006)

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Chairs: Jonathan Kaplan (University of Texas Austin) & Kelley Coblentz Bautch (St. Edward’s University)

Date: May 23-27, 2016

Place: University of Texas, Austin, TX

Secretary: Isaac W. Oliver (Bradley University)

The Sixth Enoch Graduate Seminar, chaired by Jonathan Kaplan and Kelley Coblentz Bautch, is hosted by the University of Texas at Austin in May 2016. The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship university of the University of Texas system. With over 50,000 students, the university hosts graduate programs in Ancient Mediterranean Religions in the Religious Studies department and Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East in the Middle Eastern Studies department. Faculty and students in these programs are part a burgeoning cohort of scholars in the region working in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins.

Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers working in all fields of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins are invited to participate and present papers. Papers proposals in English (500-1000 words) from all fields of Second Temple Judaism (Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Christian origins, Jewish-Hellenistic literature, etc.) should be submitted to the Seminar secretary, Dr. Isaac W. Oliver, by December 15, 2015. Completed papers of 6000 words should be submitted by the end of March 2016, to be distributed in advance among the invited Seminar participants. Invited speakers, including L. Michael White (UT-Austin), Matthias Henze (Rice University), and Na’ama Pat-El (UT-Austin), will deliver plenary lectures on topics of special interest. Revised versions of the best papers will be collected and published in a peer-reviewed volume. Seminar participants likely will be assisted with lodging and some expenses related to travel.

For further information and application, please contact Dr. Oliver (

Schedule and participants

Monday, May 23

1. History and Cosmos

  • Elena Dugan (Princeton) “A (More) Elegant Universe: The Astronomical Book against its Seleucid Context”
  • Kyle Roark (FSU) “Why is Watchers Concerned with Antediluvian History?: Native Competition Over the Origins of Civilization and the Rhetoric of Watchers”
  • Jason Ford (Rice) “The Eschatological Plan of the Apocalypse of Abraham: Judgment, Time, and Self-Identity”

2. Burial Practices, Eschatology and the Resurrected Body

  • G. Anthony Keddie (UT-Austin) “The Lives of the Prophets and the Archaeology of Burials in Early Roman Judaea: Class Distinctions between Life and Death”
  • Christopher Brenna (Marquette) “The Heavenly Warrior Tradition and Eschatological Journey in Joseph and Aseneth”
  • Tyler Stewart (Marquette University) “The Resurrection Apologetic of 1 Corinthians 15 in the Context of Adamic Traditions”


Lecture – L. Michael White (UT-Austin) “Jewish Synagogues of the Diaspora and the Question of Synagogue Origins: Looking Back after Half-a-Century”

3. DSS and Rewritten Bible

  • Christina Bryant (Brite) “’Death is a Fearful Thing’: An Intertextual Reading of the Female Personification of Death in 4Q184 and Carlos Schwabe’s The Death of the Gravedigger”
  • Giancarlo P. Angulo (FSU) “Speaking Righteousness: The Teacher of Righteousness, Collective Memory, and Tradition at Qumran”
  • Michael Gabizon (McMaster University) “The Development of the Matrilineal Principle in Ezra-Nehemiah, Jubilees, and Acts”


Tuesday, May 24

4. Intermediaries and Prophets

  • Carson Bay (FSU) “ἄγγελοι and δαίμονες: Locating Flavius Josephus's Supernatural Vocabulary”
  • Jacob A Lollar (FSU) “Of Lawgivers, Priests and Prophets: Philo and the Alexandrian Jews as an Allegory of Moses and the Israelites in the De Vita Mosis”
  • Joshua Falconer (Catholic University of America) “Spectres of the Ethiopic Book of Jubilees in the Qurʾānic Jinn”

5. Torah and Philosophy

  • Jesse Peterson (University of Durham) “Is Coming Into Existence Always a Harm? Qoheleth in Dialogue with David Benatar”
  • Rebecca Harris (Rice) “Torah and Transformation: The Centrality of the Torah in the Eschatology of 2 Baruch”
  • Ethan Schwartz (Harvard) “From the Torah of Life to the Gospel of Eternal Life: The Deuteronomistic Framework of John’s Realized Eschatology”


Lecture – Matthias Henze (Rice University) “The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha in Modern Research”

6. Community and Narratives

  • Nathan Hays (Baylor University) “Orphanhood and Parenthood in Joseph and Aseneth”
  • Rodney Caruthers II (University of Michigan) “Jewish Narrative Composition and Authorial Commentary”
  • Simon Krause-Heiber (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg: Duke Divinity School) “The Theological Character of the Old Latin Version of Esther”


Wednesday, May 25

7. Nachleben of Early Jewish Traditions

  • Bradley N. Rice (McGill) “From the Watchers to the Sethites to the Magi: Reinterpretations of Genesis in the Syriac Revelation of the Magi”
  • Ilona Gerbakher (Columbia University) “The Throne of Iblīs is Upon the Waters: Discovering Chaos, The Dark Merkavah, and the Savage God in Islam”
  • Sarah Fein (Brandeis University) “Such a Time as This: Women and Resistance in the Early Jewish Imagination”

8. Engaging Others

  • Barbara K.M.M.O. Holcátová (Charles University in Prague) “Reading Pre-Islamic References in the Quran”
  • María Enid Rodríguez (CUA) “Talking Back to God…or Not: Mary’s Response in Luke 1:26-38 and Q. 19:16-22 and Its Reception History”
  • Rufino H. Dango (Notre Dame); “lahā mā kasabat wa-lakum maa kasabtum (Q2:134), Exploring the Qur’anic Concept of Individual Responsibility as an Allusive Critique to the Alleged Concept of Predestination of its Jewish and Christian Audience”


Lecture – Na’ama Pat-El (UT-Austin) “The Linguistic Dating of (Biblical) Texts”

Session 8

Panel Discussion: Establishing a Research Agenda

  • Jonathan Kaplan (UT-Austin), moderator
  • Kelley Coblentz-Bautch (St. Edward’s University)
  • Brent C. Landau (UT-Austin)
  • Song-Mi (Suzie) Park (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary)


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