Apocalyptic Transformations and Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages Workshop  

19-20 September 2022 


 Monday, 19th September 2022  

Session 1 Chair: Menahem Ben Sasson 

14:00-14:15: Emmanouela Grypeou & Helen Spurling: Welcome address 

14:15-15:00: András Kraft (Vienna): “The Place of Pseudo-Hippolytus in Early Byzantine Eschatology” 

15:00-15:45: Stefanie Rabe (Berlin): “The First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John:  An Apocalyptic Writing from the Early Byzantine Period?  A Re-Consideration” 

 15:45-16:00: Coffee Break 

 16:00-17:00: Keynote Address 

Philip Alexander (Manchester): “3 Enoch (Sefer Heikhalot) Reconsidered in the Context of Late Hebrew Apocalyptic” 

Tuesday, 20th September 2022 

Session 2 Chair: Helen Spurling 

10:00-10:45: Emmanouela Grypeou (Stockholm): “The Syriac Alexander Lied: An Early Apocalyptic Response to the Islamic Conquests?” 

10:45-11:30: Dmitrij Bumazhnov (Göttingen): “The Last Byzantine Emperor and the Syriac Alexander Legend: A Missing Link Lost and Found” 

11:30-11:45: Coffee Break 

11:45-12:30: Ali Aghaei (Paderborn): “”He is a ‘Sign’ of the Hour’”: An ‘Interpretive Alternative’ to the Canonical Reading of Q43:61 in Sunnī as well as Shīʿī tafsīr” 

12:30-13:30: Lunch break 

 Session 3 Chair: Emmanouela Grypeou 

13:30-14:15: Helen Spurling (Southampton): “Idolatry in the Wilderness: Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Representations of the Ishmaelites” 

14:15-15:00: Sebastiano Crestani (Bologna): “The Temple Mount and the Foundation Stone as (Un)Contended Holy Place in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Medieval Eschatology” 

15:00-15:15: Coffee break 

15:15-16:00: Mehdy Shaddel (Leiden): “Ethno-religion Meets Universal Empire: The Curious Fate of the Unbelievers in the Judaeo-Persian Apocalypse of Daniel” 

16:00-16:45: Menahem Ben Sasson (Jerusalem): “An Interreligious ‘Encounter’ in Four Visions of Daniel – a Search Story?” 

16:45-17:00: Coffee break 

17:00-18:00: Plenary chairs: Helen Spurling and Emmanouela Grypeou: Plenary discussion 

Workshop and Registration Information 

Organised by Emmanouela Grypeou (Stockholm University) and Helen Spurling (University of Southampton). 

Please contact Emmanouela Grypeou (emmanouela.grypeou@rel.su.se) for registration details.  

All session times are CET (Central European Time- UTC+1) 

The deadline for registration is 18:00 CET September 18th, 2022 

The workshop will be held on zoom and registered participants will be sent the zoom-link ahead of the workshop. 

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