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Was Paul an Apocalyptic Jew? A Case in Jewish Diversity in the Second Temple Period

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Off Campus Location
Conference Chairs: Gabriele Boccaccini; Lisa Bowens; Emma Wasserman; Loren Stuckenbruck

Secretary: Joshua Scott

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.

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.

For more information, contact the conference secretary, Joshua Scott (

Register for this virtual event here:

Participation is limited to members of academia. As this meeting is closed to the general public, the registration process is not automatic; please be patient if there is a delay in the receipt of your registration.

This schedule is based on Eastern Daylight Time/New York time

MONDAY Oct 25, 2021:

9am-11am — Opening session: Paul & Apocalypticism (chair Gabriele Boccaccini)

John J. Collins & Emma Wasserman (panelists), Daniele Minisini & Hwankyu Kim (shorter contributions)

11:30am-1:30pm — Session One: “The Origin of Evil, the Devil, and the Triumph of God on Evil Forces”

Lisa Bowens, Matthew Goff, Kelly J. Murphy (panelists)

Discussants : Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Jamie Davies, David Burnett, Alexei Sivertsev, Mark Leuchter …

2:30pm-4:30pm — Session Two: ” Paul’s Apocalyptic Messianism “

Loren Stuckenbruck, L. Ann Jervis, Alexandra Brown, James Waddell (panelists)

Discussants : Deborah Forger, Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Anne Kreps, David Burnett, Benjamin Reynolds, Dereck Daschke, Joshua Scott, Clint Burnett, Ron Herms …

TUESDAY, Oct 26, 2021:

9:00am-11:00am — Session Three: Paul and the Torah in an Apocalyptic Perspective

Matthew Novenson, Mark Kinzer , Joshua Garroway (panelists)

Discussants : J. Andrew Cowan, Yael Fisch, Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, B.J. Oropeza, Dereck Daschke, Jason Staples, David Rudolph …

11:30am-1:30pm — Session Four: “Justification, Forgiveness, Judgment, and Salvation”

Magnus Zetterholm, Gabriele Boccaccini, Jamie Davies (panelists)

Discussants : J. Andrew Cowan, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, B.J. Oropeza, Jason Staples, Frantisek Abel …

2:30pm-4:30pm — Session Five: “No longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female: Gender, ethnicity and social status in apocalyptic perspective”

Joseph Angel, Laura Dingeldein, J. Thomas Hewitt (panelists)

Discussants : Thomas Kazen, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Jeremiah Coogan, Anders Runesson, Jim Scott, Ron Herms …

WEDNESDAY, Oct 27, 2021

9:00am-11:00am — Session Six: “Paul’s ‘Conversion’ within Judaism: an Apocalyptic Jew and a (Former?) Pharisee”

Gerbern Oegema, Mark Nanos, James Maston (panelists)

Discussants: Yael Fisch, Deborah Forger, Alexei Sivertsev …

11:30am-1:30pm — Session Seven: “Paul within Paganism (Paula Fredriksen, chair)”

Jennifer Eyl, Stephen Young, Matthew Sharp, Matthew Thiessen (panelists)

Discussants : Stanley Stowers & Paula Fredriksen (respondents); Alexander Chantziantoniou, Anne Kreps, David Rudolph …

2:30pm-4:30pm — Wrap-up session: what’s next?


Frantisek Abel, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia
Joseph Angel, Yeshiva University, USA
Daniel Atkins, PhD studies, University of Manchester, England
Lynne Bahr, Rockhurst University, USA
Lori Baron, Saint Louis University, USA
Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St Edwards University, USA
Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, USA
Daniel Boyarin, University of California Berkeley, USA
Lisa M. Bowens, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
Alexandra Brown, Washington & Lee University, USA
Clint Burnett, Johnson University, USA
David Burnett, PhD studies, Marquette University, USA
Rodney Caruthers, Gustavus College, USA
Alexander Chantziantoniou, PhD studies, University of Cambridge, England
Carsten Claussen, Elstal Theological Seminary, Germany
John J. Collins, Yale University, USA
Ryan Collman, PhD studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Jeremiah Coogan, University of Oxford, England
J. Andrew Cowan, Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Germany
Dereck Daschke, Truman State University, USA
Jamie P. Davies, Trinity College, Bristol, England
Gail Dawson, Northern Virginia Community College, USA
Genevive Dibley, Rockford University, USA
Laura Dingeldein, University of Illinois Chicago, USA
Lorenzo DiTommaso, Concordia University, Canada
Kathy Ehrensperger, University of Potsdam, Germany
Yael Fisch, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Crispin Fletcher-Louis, University of Gloucestershire, England
Deborah Forger, Dartmouth College, USA
Paula Fredriksen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Michele Freyhauf, PhD studies, Durham University, England
Joshua D. Garroway, Hebrew Union College, USA
Emily Gathergood, PhD Studies, University of Nottingham, England
Matthew Goff, Florida State University, USA
Matthias Henze, Rice University, USA
Ron Herms, Fresno Pacific University, USA
J. Thomas Hewitt, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
L. Ann Jervis, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, Canada
Thomas Kazen, Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden
Hwankyu Kim, PhD studies, Rice University
Mark S. Kinzer, rabbi and author, USA
Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Anne Kreps, University of Oregon, USA
Brent Landau, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University, USA
Mark Leuchter, Temple University, USA
Grant Macaskill, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Jason Maston, Houston Baptist University, USA
Daniele Minisini, PhD studies, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Kelly J. Murphy, Central Michigan University, USA
Natalie Mylonas, Macquaire University, Australia
Mark Nanos, University of Kansas, USA
Jared Neusch, PhD studies, King’s College London, England
Matthew Novenson, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Gerbern Oegema, McGill University, Canada
Markus Oehler, University of Vienna, Austria
Isaac Oliver, Bradley University, USA
B.J. Oropeza, Azusa Pacific University, USA
Benjamin Reynolds, Tyndale University, Canada
Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
David Rudolph, The King’s University, USA
Anders Runesson, University of Oslo, Norway
Joshua Scott, PhD studies, University of Michigan, USA
Joel Sienkiewicz, PhD studies, Westminster Theological Seminary
Alexei Sivertsev, DePaul University, USA
Jason Staples, North Carolina State University, USA
Loren T. Stuckenbruck, University of Munich, Germany
Matthew Thiessen, McMaster University, Canada
Ana Travessos Valdez, University of Lisbon, Portugal
James Waddell, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, USA
Meredith Warren, University of Sheffield, England
Emma Wasserman, Rutgers University, USA
Jim West, Trinity Western University, Canada
Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity, Australia
Rebecca Wollenberg, University of Michigan, USA
Magnus Zettelholm, Lund University, Sweden
Philip Ziegler, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: conference, Humanities, Jewish Studies, Judaic
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Judaic Studies
Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:00 AM-5:00 PM  (Last)