PSCO Presentation: 3 December 2015

"Where Did Early Judaism Get Its Myths?
Enoch and the Making of a Modern Academic Tradition"

Seth Sanders (UC Davis)


Seth Sanders is Professor in the UC Davis Religious Studies department. He is the author or editor of five books including The Invention of Hebrew, winner of the Frank Moore Cross prize from the American Schools of Oriental Research and finalist for the Jewish National Book award, and Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim foundation and NEH to work on his third monograph, Why We Can’t Read the Torah: The Form of the Pentateuch in Ancient Hebrew Literature. His talk will draw on his book, From Adapa to Enoch: Scribal Culture and Religious Vision in Judea and Babylonia, which will be published in 2016 in Mohr Siebeck’s Text and Studies in Ancient Judaism series. For more about his research see his profile at UC Davis.

Audio Recording

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Suggested Readings

James VanderKam, Enoch and the Growth of the Apocalyptic Tradition (Washington DC, Catholic Biblical Association of America, 1984), 23-51 esp. pp. 33-43 on “Mesopotamian Antecedents”

Preface and Chapter One from Seth Sanders, From Adapa to Enoch (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, in press 2016)

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Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those interested are also welcome to join us for an informal dinner prior to the session. Those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then walk next door to the food court in Houston Hall. Or, just meet us in the Houston Hall downstairs food-court between 6:00-6:45 p.m.

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.