New Perspectives on 2 Enoch

No Longer Slavonic Only

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New Perspectives on 2 Enoch: No Longer Slavonic Only presents a collection of papers from the fifth conference of the Enoch Seminar. The conference re-examines 2 Enoch, an early Jewish apocalyptic text previously known to scholars only in its Slavonic translation, in light of recently identified Coptic fragments. This approach helps to advance the understanding of many key issues of this enigmatic and less explored Enochic text. One of the important methodological lessons of the current volume lies in the recognition that the Adamic and Melchizedek traditions, the mediatorial currents which play an important role in the apocalypse, are central for understanding the symbolic universe of the text. The volume also contains the recently identified Coptic fragments of 2 Enoch, introduced to scholars for the first time during the conference.
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Biographical Note

Andrei A. Orlov, Ph.D. in Sociology (1990), Russian Academy of Sciences, and Theology (2003), Marquette University, a Professor of Christian Origins at Marquette University, has published extensively on Jewish apocalypticism including The Enoch-Metatron Tradition (Mohr Siebeck, 2005), From Apocalypticism to Merkabah Mysticism (Brill, 2007), and Dark Mirrors: Azazel and Satanael in Early Jewish Demonology (SUNY, 2011).

Gabriele Boccaccini, Ph.D. (1991) in Judaic Studies, University of Turin, Italy, Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins at the University of Michigan and Founding Director of the Enoch Seminar has published extensively on Second Temple Judaism including Middle Judaism (Fortress, 1991), Beyond the Essene Hypothesis (Eerdmans, 1998) and Roots of Rabbinic Judaism (Eerdmans, 2001).

Jason M. Zurawski is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Temple Judaism at the University of Michigan.

Table of contents

Preface
Andrei A. Orlov and Gabriele Boccaccini
PART ONE: 2 ENOCH
No Longer “Slavonic” Only: 2 Enoch Attested in Coptic from Nubia
Joost L. Hagen
TEXT AND DATING OF 2 ENOCH
The “Book of the Secrets of Enoch” (2 En): Between Jewish Origin and Christian Transmission. An Overview
Christfried Böttrich
The Provenance of 2 Enoch: A Philological Perspective. A Response to C. Böttrich’s Paper “The ‘Book of the Secrets of Enoch’ (2 En): Between Jewish Origin and Christian Transmission. An Overview”
Liudmila Navtanovich
2 Enoch: Manuscripts, Recensions, and Original Language
Grant Macaskill
The Sacerdotal Traditions of 2 Enoch and the Date of the Text
Andrei A. Orlov
Excavating 2 Enoch: The Question of Dating and the Sacerdotal Traditions
David W. Suter
CONTENT AND CONTEXT OF 2 ENOCH
2 Enoch and the New Perspective on Apocalyptic
Crispin H.T. Fletcher-Louis
The Watchers of Satanail: The Fallen Angels Traditions in 2 Enoch
Andrei A. Orlov
Patriarch, Prophet, Author, Angelic Rival: Exploring the Relationship of 1 Enoch to 2 Enoch in Light of the Figure of Enoch
Daniel Assefa and Kelley Coblentz Bautch
Calendrical Elements in 2 Enoch
Basil Lourié
2 Enoch and Halakhah
Lawrence H. Schiffman
Halakha, Calendars, and the Provenances of 2 Enoch
Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra
PART TWO: ADAM, ENOCH, AND MELCHIZEDEK: MEDIATORIAL FIGURES IN SECOND TEMPLE JUDAISM
ADAMIC TRADITIONS
Adam as a Mediatorial Figure in Second Temple Jewish Literature
John R. Levison
Better Watch Your Back, Adam: Another Adam and Eve Tradition in Second Temple Judaism
Lester L. Grabbe
Adamic Traditions in 2 Enoch and in the Books of Adam and Eve
Johannes Magliano-Tromp
Adamic Traditions in Early Christian and Rabbinic Literature
Alexander Toepel
Adamic Tradition in Slavonic Manuscripts (Vita Adae et Evae and Apocryphal Cycle about the Holy Tree)
Anissava Miltenova
MELCHIZEDEK TRADITIONS
Melchizedek Traditions in Second Temple Judaism
Eric F. Mason
Melchizedek at Qumran and in Judaism: A Response
Devorah Dimant
Enoch and Melchizedek: The Concern for Supra-Human Priestly Mediators in 2 Enoch
Charles A. Gieschen
Melchizedek in Some Early Christian Texts and 2 Enoch
Harold W. Attridge
“Much to Say and Hard to Explain”: Melchizedek in Early Christian Literature, Theology, and Controversy
Pierluigi Piovanelli
On Adam, Enoch, Melchizedek, and Eve
Daphna Arbel
Bibliography on 2 Enoch
Andrei A. Orlov

Readership

Specialists, students, theologians, and all those interested in the history of Jewish apocalypticism and early mysticism, Old Testament pseudepigrapha, Second Temple Judaism, the history of Late Antiquity, Divine Mediators traditions, Christian Origins, and Slavonic literature.

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