Monday, October 24, 2016

9th Enoch Seminar - From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity

Jason Zurawski sends word of the 9th Enoch Seminar, From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity in June 2017. Sounds like an exciting lineup!


Dear Members and Friends of the Enoch Seminar,
We have had a wonderful response to our initial announcement of the 9th Enoch Seminar, From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity, which will take place from June 18-23, 2017, at the lovely Monastero di Camaldoli, ideally situated in the forested hills of Tuscany. See below for a detailed description of the topic and themes, as well as a list of the current participants. You may also visit the conference website for all updated information:
Participation in the 9th Enoch Seminar is very limited and is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please be in touch with Jason Zurawski at Proposals for short papers (3000-4000 words) are being accepted through December 15th. Online registration for the meeting will begin in December.
Thank you for your time and best wishes,
Bill Schniedewind
Jason Zurawski
Gabriele Boccaccini
From tôrāh to Torah:
Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity
June 18-23, 2017
Camaldoli, Italy
The Ninth Enoch Seminar
With the support of
Alessandro Nangeroni International Endowment
University of Michigan
Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies
Conference Chairs: William Schniedewind and Jason Zurawski (in collaboration with Gabriele Boccaccini)
The 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. We seek to examine the various notions of tôrāh (and nomos) in all relevant literature, regardless of scholarly or denominational corpora, both within ancient Jewish/Judean traditions and in light of broader influences, whether Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Persian, etc. As this meeting follows and builds upon the work from the Fifth Nangeroni Meeting, “Second Temple Jewish Paideia in its Ancient Near Eastern and Hellenistic Contexts” (June/July 2015), discussions pertaining to the connections between tôrāh/Torah/nomos/dat and education, pedagogy, wisdom, etc., are especially encouraging. Our aim will be to discuss the variety of ways that tôrāh was defined and developed in the literature.
The pre-circulated papers will be presented briefly (5 min.), followed by a response (10 min.) and a sustained discussion by the participants. Major papers (5000-8000 words) and short papers (3000-4000 words) should be submitted by May 1, 2017. This will allow respondents and other participants sufficient time to prepare.
Samuel Adams (Union Presbyterian Seminary)
Sara Ahbel-Rappe (University of Michigan)
Carol Bakhos (University of California, Los Angeles)
Andreas Bedenbender (Paderborn University)
Gabriele Boccaccini (University of Michigan)
Francis Borchardt (Lutheran Theological Seminary of Hong Kong)
Calum Carmichael (Cornell University)
James Charlesworth (Princeton University)
Esther Chazon (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Federico Dal Bo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Vicente Dobroruka (Universidade de Brasília)
Lutz Doering (University of Münster)
Oliver Dyma (Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule München)
Steven Fraade (Yale University)
Christine Hayes (Yale University)
Ronald Herms (Fresno Pacific University)
David Jackson (William Carey Christian School, Australia)
Magnar Kartveit (VID Specialized University)
Anne Kreps (University of Oregon)
David Lambert (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF Norwegian School of Theology)
Paul Mandel (Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies)
Eva Mroczek (University of California, Davis)
Jason Myers (Greensboro College)
Rivka Nir (Open University of Israel)
Juan Carlos Ossandón (Pontificia Universitas Sanctae Crucis)
Anders Klostergaard Petersen (Aarhus University)
Patrick Pouchelle (Centre Sèvres – Paris)
Jeremy Punt (Stellenbosch University)
Alexander Rofé (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Ishay Rosen Zvi (Tel Aviv University)
Jacque van Ruiten (University of Groningen)
Michael Satlow (Brown University)
Brian Schmidt (University of Michigan)
William Schniedewind (University of California, Los Angeles)
Stefan Schorch (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
Malka Simkovich (Catholic Theological Union)
Joan Taylor (King’s College London)
Jacqueline Vayntrub (Brandeis University)
Benjamin Wright (Lehigh University)
J. Edward Wright (University of Arizona)
Jason Zurawski (University of Groningen)

Dr. Jason M. Zurawski
Postdoctoral Fellow, Qumran Institute
Department of Old Testament and Early Judaism
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Groningen

Secretary, Board of Directors

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