Author Concepts and Strategies of Authorization in Early Jewish and Early Christian Apocalyptic Literature, Conference, June 9 to 11, 2016

In Honor of J.J. Collins und A.Y. Collins

Thursday, June 09
16.30‐17.00 Jörg Frey (Zürich): Introduction
17.00‐18.00 Martina Janßen (Göttingen): “Was ist ein Autor? ‐ Vorstellungen
und (Selbst‐)Inszenierungen von Autorschaft in der Antike“
18.15‐19.30 John J. Collins (Yale): “Torah and Higher Revelation in the
Jewish Apocalypses”

Friday, June 10
09.00‐10.00 Konrad Schmid (Zürich): “How the Prophets Became Biblical
Authors and How the Biblical Authors Became Prophets”
10.30‐11.30 Istvan Czachesz (Heidelberg): „Apokalyptische Pseudepigraphie
und religiöse Autorisierung“
11.30‐12.30 Stefan Krauter (München/Ulm) „Warum Esra? – Beobachtungen
zum Autorkonzept des 4. Esrabuches
14.30‐16.30 Two Corresponding Lectures on Revelation:
Franz Tóth (Zürich): „Autorisationsstrategien in der
Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale): “The Construction of the Author’s
Authority in the Book of Revelation as a Whole.”
17.00‐18.00 Matthew Goff (Tallahassee): “Reading Jewish Wisdom from
Before the Flood: Authorship, Prophecy and Writtenness in
Enochic Literature”
18.15‐19.45 Public Lecture / Öffentliche Gastvorlesung:
Gerhard Regn (München): „Dichtung als Offenbarung. Zur
Poetik von Dantes Commedia“

Saturday, June 11
09.00‐10.00 Jordash Kiffiak (Zürich): “Authority as Mediation: Authorial
Strategies in the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch”
10.30‐11.30 Jan Dochhorn (Durham): Alttestamentliche Pseudepigraphie,
neuentdeckt von und für Christen: Die Ascensio Isaiae.
11.30‐12.30 Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg): „Die Autorität des Petrus in der
Offenbarung des Petrus“
14.00‐15.00 Thomas Kraus (Zürich): „Wieviel ‚Paulus‘ ist in der Apokalypse
des Paulus/Visio Pauli? Über Wesen und Einschätzung einer
bedeutsamen Apokalypse“
15.15‐16.15 Michael Tilly (Tübingen): „Apokalyptik und Mystik in der
rabbinischen Traditionsliteratur“
16.15‐16.30 Conclusion of the Symposium

participation is open and free of charge / die Teilnahme ist kostenlos

Theologisches Seminar
Kirchgasse 9
8001 Zürich
Raum, KIR 200

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The Pentateuch within Biblical Literature: Formation and Interaction, Conference May 25-29, 2014

This major international conference explores the fundamental research problem defined so clearly by Wellhausen over a century ago. The primary focus will be the formation of the Pentateuch and its dynamic interaction with both the prophetic corpus and the historiographic literature of the Hebrew Bible. Particular attention will be paid to crucial methodological issues such as the problem of narrative continuity in the ancient world, linguistic dating of biblical texts, the significance of archaeology and historical geography, and the relevance of Second Temple literature for understanding the formation of the Pentateuch. The conference, which features several interactive workshop sessions, is structured to encourage significant time for discussion among participants


  • Jan Christian Gertz (Heidelberg University)
  • Bernard M. Levinson (University of Minnesota)
  • Dalit Rom-Shiloni (Tel Aviv University)
  • Konrad Schmid (University of Zurich)

Jeremiah’s Scriptures: Production, Reception, Interaction,Transformation, International Conference June 22-26, 2014

Centro Stefano Franscini on the Monte Verità

The conference “Jeremiah's Scriptures: Production, Reception, Interaction, and Transformation” aspires to engage current scholarship that has advanced source redaction and literary criticism of Jeremiah and related Baruch and Jeremianic traditions in both the Hebrew Bible and ancient Jewish and Christian Literature.

There are vital traditions about Jeremiah within as well as outside of the book that bears his name. Accordingly, the conference will take into account the history of recension and the growth of tradition – biblical and para-biblical – as aspects of the expansion of earlier sources within and beyond the book of Jeremiah. Thus, our proposed conference and volume of proceedings include but also move beyond a discussion of the literary growth of the book of Jeremiah. Taken together, the texts that play a role in the development of traditions connected to the figures of Jeremiah and Baruch constitute what we call “Jeremiah's Scriptures.”

The invited speakers include scholars of biblical studies, ancient Judaism, and Dead Sea Scrolls from the U.S., Canada, Israel, Switzerland, Germany, France, the U.K., the Nether­lands, Norway, and Austria.

This conference is co-sponsored by the Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich, the Centro Stefano Franscini (CSF), Ascona, the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, the Thyssen Foundation and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).