Pierluigi PIOVANELLI

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Pierluigi PIOVANELLI
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Full Professor and Director of the Department of Classics and Religious Studies

1992 - PhD Jewish Studies, Universities of Turin, Pisa, Rome “La Sapienza,” and Venice
1987 - MA Ethiopian Languages and Literatures, University of Florence
BA, École pratique des hautes études, section des Sciences religieuses, Paris

DMS 10122

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1169

Work E-mail: piovanel@uOttawa.ca

Pierluigi Piovanelli

Biography

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Pierluigi Piovanelli has always been interested in the phenomenon of the elaboration of traditions memorializing the origins of Judaism and Christianity. This is the process that gave birth to the different kinds of texts destined to become either “canonical” or “apocryphal.” Contrary to common opinion, canonicity and apocryphicity are two highly ideological categories and their boundaries often fluctuate. The great biblical cycles that Professor Piovanelli has explored include the narratives about the patriarch Enoch, the king and priest Melchizedek, the prophet Jeremiah, and the apostle Paul. Over time, Professor Piovanelli’s research on apocryphal hermeneutics have helped him to rediscover and reappraise a large group of late antique texts. Among them, the most interesting is, without any doubt, the Book of the Cock, an apocryphal passion gospel full of astonishing Jewish Christian legends, probably written in the middle of the fifth century. Such processes of apocryphal reinvention have, in fact, never stopped and are still at work in contemporary novels, paintings, and films.

 

Courses taught

  • SRS2170 The Bible & Culture I: Ancient Israel
  • SRS2382 The Bible & Culture II: Early Christianity
  • SRS2383 Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity
  • SRS2171 Apocalypticism and Millenarianism Through the Ages
  • SRS3316 The Life and Teaching of Jesus
  • SRS3163 Women in Early Christianity
  • SRS3188 Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Western Esotericism
  • SRS3314 Judaism

Selected publications

Pierluigi Piovanelli (ed.), Bringing the Underground to the Foreground: New Perspectives on Jewish and Christian Apocryphal Texts and Traditions. Proceedings of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha Section of the Society for Biblical Literature International Meeting Held in Groningen, The Netherlands, July 25-28, 2004, Turnhout: Brepols, 2010, in press.

“‘Much to Say and Hard to Explain’: Melchizedek in Early Christian Literature, Theology, and Controversy,” in G. Boccaccini and A. A. Orlov (eds.), Enoch, Adam, Melchisedek: Mediatorial Figures in 2 Enoch and Second Temple Judaism, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010, in press.

“‘Orthodox” Faith and Political Legitimization of a ‘Solomonid’ Dynasty of Rulers in the Ethiopic Kebra Nagast: A Reappraisal,” in K. Bardakjian (ed.), The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A Comparative Perspective: Proceedings of the International Conference held in Ann Arbor, 16-19 October, 2008, Leuven: Peeters, 2010, in press.

The Enoch Seminar at Eight. Quelques considérations rétrospectives et prospectives de la part d’un ‘vétéran’,” in G. Bonneau (ed.),Apocryphes juifs et chrétiens. 65e congrès de l’Association catholique des études bibliques au Canada, Montréal : Fides, 2010, in press.

“The Story of Melchizedek,” in R. Bauckham and J.R. Davila (eds.),More Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, vol. I, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010, in press.

“Thomas in Edessa? Another Look at the Original Setting of the Gospel of Thomas,” in J. Dijkstra, J. Kroesen and Y. Kuiper (eds.), Myths, Martyrs, and Modernity: Studies in the History of Religions in Honour of Jan N. Bremmer, Leiden: Brill, 2010, 443-461.

“Why Peter? The Authoritative Role of Peter in the Monophysite Collections of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles,” in P. Piovanelli (ed.), Bringing the Underground to the Foreground: New Perspectives on Jewish and Christian Apocryphal Texts and Traditions. Proceedings of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha Section of the Society for Biblical Literature International Meeting Held in Groningen, The Netherlands, July 25-28, 2004, Turnhout: Brepols, 2010, in press.

“Rabbi Yehuda versus Judas Iscariot: The Gospel of Judas and the Apocryphal Passion Stories,” in A. DeConick (ed.), The Judas Codex: Proceedings of the International Congress on Codex Tchacos held at Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 13-16, 2008, Leiden: Brill, 2009, 223-239.

“‘Un gros et beau poisson.’ L’Évangile selon Thomas in la recherche (et la controverse) contemporaine(s),” Adamantius 15 (2009): 291-306.

“L’affirmation de l’identité chrétienne à partir de 135 de notre ère, »Religions et Histoire 22 (2008) : 62-65.

“‘L’ennemi est parmi nous’: Présences rhétoriques et narratives de Paul dans les Pseudo-clémentines et autres écrits apparentés,” in F. Amsler, A. Frey and Ch. Touati (eds.), Actes du Colloque international sur le Roman pseudo-clémentin (Lausanne, 30 août - 2 septembre 2006), Lausanne: Zèbre, 2008, 329-336.

“The Reception of Early Christian Texts and Traditions in Late Antiquity Apocryphal Literature,” in L. DiTommaso and L. Turcescu (ed.), The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity: Proceedings of the Montréal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengiesser, 11-13 October 2006, Leiden: Brill, 2008, 429-439.

“‘A Testimony for the Kings and the Mighty Who Possess the Earth’: The Thirst for Justice and Peace in the Parables of Enoch,” in G. Boccaccini (ed.), Enoch and the Messiah Son of Man: Revisiting the Book of Parables, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2007, 363-379.

“In Praise of ‘The Default Position’, or Reassessing the Christian Reception of the Jewish Pseudepigraphic Heritage,” Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift 61 (2007), 233-250.

Préface à R. Beylot, La Gloire des rois, Turnhout: Brepols, 2007 (forthcoming).

“‘L’ennemi est parmi nous’: Présences rhétoriques et narratives de Paul in les Pseudo-clémentines et autres écrits apparentés,” in F. Amsler and J.-D. Kaestli (eds.), Actes du Colloque internatonal sur le Roman pseudo-clémentin (Lausanne, 30 août - 2 septembre 2006), Lausanne: Zèbre, 2007, 329-336.

“L’évangile secret de Marc trente trois ans après, entre potentialités exégétiques et difficultés techniques,” Revue biblique 114 (2007): 52-72 and 237-254.

“Le recyclage des textes apocryphes à l’heure de la petite ‘mondialisation’ de l’Antiquité tardive (ca. 325-451). Quelques perspectives littéraires et historiques,” in R. Gounelle and A. Frey (eds.), Poussières de christianisme et de judasme antiques. études réunies en l’honneur de Jean-Daniel Kaestli et éric Junod, Lausanne: Zèbre, 2007, 277-295.

Préface à R. Beylot, La Gloire des rois, Turnhout: Brepols, 2007 (in press).

“‘Sitting by the Waters of Dan,’ or The ‘Tricky Business’ of Tracing the Social Profile of the Communities That Produced the Earliest Enochic Texts,” in G. Boccaccini and J. J. Collins (eds.), The Early Enoch Tradition, Leiden: Brill, 2007, 257-281.

“The Miraculous Discovery of the Hidden Manuscript, or The Paratextual Function of the Prologue to the Apocalypse of Paul,” in J. N. Bremmer and I. Czachesz (eds.), The Visio Pauli and the Gnostic Apocalypse of Paul, Leuven: Peeters, 2007, 23-49.

“Was There Sectarian Behavior before the Flourishing of Jewish Sects? A Long-Term Approach to the History and Sociology of Second Temple Sectarianism,” in D. Chalcraft (ed.), Sectarianism in Early Judaism: Sociological Advances, London: Equinox, 2007, 156-179.

“Adam and Eve, Life,” “Apocrypha, NT,” “Bartholomew,” “Bartholomew, Gospel [Questions] of,” “Bartholomew the Apostle, Book of the Resurrection of Christ by,” “Clementines, Pseudo-,” “Corinthians, Third Epistle to,” “Eschatology in Early Judaism,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 1, Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon Press, 2006.

“À propos de quelques traductions récentes de livres nord-américains sur le Jésus historique,” Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses 35 (2006): 327-335.

“L’interface entre Sciences bibliques et Sciences des Religions au Canada: Enquête sur quelques synergies prometteuses,” Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses 35 (2006): 413-427.

“The Book of the Cock and the Rediscovery of Ancient Jewish Christian Traditions in Fifth Century Palestine,” in I. Henderson and G. S. Oegema (eds.), The Changing Face of Judaism, Christianity and Other Greco-Roman Religions in Antiquity, Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2006, 318-332.

“Jesus’ Charismatic Authority: On the Historical Applicability of a Sociological Model,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 73 (2005): 395-427.

“What Is a Christian Apocryphal Text and How Does It Work? Some Observations on Apocryphal Hermeneutics,” Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift 59 (2005): 31-40.

“Some Archeological, Sociological and Cross-cultural Afterthoughts on the ‘Groningen’ and the ‘Enochic/Essene’ Hypotheses,” in G. Boccaccini (in collaboration with J. H. Ellens and J.A. Waddell, eds.), Enoch and Qumran Origins: New Light on a Forgotten Connection, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2005, 366-372.

“Pre- and Post-canonical Passion Stories: Insights into the Development of Christian Discourse on the Death of Jesus,” Apocrypha14 (2003): 99-128.

“Exploring the Ethiopic Book of the Cock, An Apocryphal Passion Gospel from Late Antiquity,” Harvard Theological Review 96 (2003): 427-454.

“A Theology of the Supernatural in the Book of Watchers? An African Perspective,” in G. Boccaccini (ed.), The Origins of Enochic Judaism: Proceedings of the First Enoch Seminar (University of Michigan, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, June 19 - 23, 2001), Turin: Zamorani, 2002, 87-98.

“The Miraculous Discovery of the Hidden Manuscript, or The Para-Textual Function of the Prologue to the Apocalypse of Paul,” in G. J. Brooke and J.-D. Kaestli (eds.), Narrativity in Biblical and Related Texts - La narrativité dans la Bible et les textes apparentés, Leuven: Peeters, 2000, 265-282.

Fields of Interest

  • Jewish and Christian Apocryphal Texts
  • Jewish Apocalypticism
  • Historical Jesus
  • Ethiopian Christianity
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