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.
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
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
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.