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Matthias Henze
Professor
Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies and Professor of Religion
 
e-mail:mhenze@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. (1997) Harvard University
  • M.A. (1996) Harvard University
  • M.Div. (1992) University of Heidelberg, Germany
 
Primary Department
   Department of Religion
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
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    Websites
     Matthias Henze Personal Website
     Matthias Henze Personal Page
     Personal Home Page
     Personal web page
     
    Research Areas
     The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in its ancient Near Eastern Context; the Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; apocalyptic literature; the Dead Sea Scrolls; Syriac
     
    Teaching Areas
     Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; Judaism of the Second Temple Period; Dead Sea Scrolls; Apocalyptic Literature; Syriac
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Matthias Henze "Die Pseudepigraphen des Alten Testaments." Verkündigung und Forschung (2016) : 4-18.

     
     

    “Additions to Daniel.” Pages 122-39 in Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture. Edited by Louis H. Feldman, James L. Kugel, and Lawrence H. Schiffman. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press/Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2013.

     
     

    4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: Literary Composition and Oral Performance in First-Century Apocalyptic Literature.” JBL 131 (2012): 181-200.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Qoheleth and the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch." Vetus Testamentum, 58 (2008) : 28-43.

     
     Articles
     

    Pages 426-428 in The Dictionary of Early Judaism. Edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

     
     

    Pages 592-594 in The New Interpreter's Bible: One Volume Commentary. Edited by B.R. Gaventa and D. Petersen. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

     
     

    Pages 482-492 in The New Interpreter's Bible: One Volume Commentary. Edited by B.R. Gaventa and D. Petersen. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

     
     

    Pages 586-588 in The New Interpreter's Bible: One Volume Commentary. Edited by B.R. Gaventa and D. Petersen. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

     
     

    Pages 589-591 in The New Interpreter's Bible: One Volume Commentary. Edited by B.R. Gaventa and D. Petersen. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

     
     

    Pages 361-363 in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Edited by Michael Gagarin. Oxford: Oxford University press.

     
     

    Pages 52-66 in Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of Jubilees. Edited by G. Boccaccini and G. Ibba. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

     
     

    Pages 108-20 in With Wisdom as a Robe: Qumran and Other Jewish Studies in Honour of Ida Fröhlich. Edited by K.D. Dobos and M. Köszeghy. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009

     
     

    Matthias Henze "The Reemergence of Second Temple Judaism in German Scholarship." Henoch, 29 (2007) : 209-12.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "A Scribe of all Signs of Wisdom: Reflections on George W.E. Nickelsburg in Perspective." Review of Rabbinic Judaism, 8.1: 275-86.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Enoch's Dream Visions and the Vision of Daniel Rexamined." : 207–09.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Psalm 91 in Early Interpretation and at Qumran." Biblical Interpretation at Qumran: 168-93.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "The Apocalypse of Weeks and the Architecture of Time." : 17-22.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Patristic Interpretations of the Composition of the Psalter."  (2004) : 135-147.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Psalm 91 in Early Interpretation and at Qumran."  (2004) : 163-193.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Ahiqar, Apocalypse of Daniel, Apocryphon of Daniel, Bel and the Dragon, Daniel, Daniel (Additions), Messianique Apocalypse, Nabonidus, Prayer of Azariah, Pseudo-Daniel, Susanna." Dictionary of Religious Writings in AntiquityIn Press

     
     Books
     

    4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: Translations, Introductions, and Notes. Michael E. Stone and Matthias Henze. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013. x + 141 pp.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Jewish Apocalypticism in Late First Century Israel: Reading Second Baruch in Context." 

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Die Syrische Danielapokalypse."  (2006)

     
     

    "Biblical Interpretation at Qumran." : 214.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Die syrische Danielapokalypse." In Press

     
     

    Matthias Henze "The Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel: Introduction, Text, and Commentary." : 156.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "The Madness of King Nebuchadnezzar. The Ancient Near Eastern Origins and Early History of Interpretation of Daniel 4." : 295.

     
     Editor of books
     

    Fourth Ezra and Second Baruch: Reconstruction After the Fall. Edited by Matthias Henze and Gabriele Boccaccini, with the collaboration of Jason M. Zurawski. JSJSup 164. Leiden: Brill, 2013. xvi + 456 pp.

     
     

    A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism. Editor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

    xv + 568 pp.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Hazon Gabriel: New Readings of the Gabriel Revelation." 

     
     Book chapters
     

    Matthias Henze "King Manasseh of Judah in Early Judaism and Christianity." On Prophets, Warriors, and Kings: Former Prophets Through the Eyes of Their Interpreters (2016) : 183-228 .

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Method and the Hebrew Bible." Religion: Social Religion (2016) : 315-331 .

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Apocalypse and Torah in Ancient Jewish Literature." The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature (2014) : 312-325 .

     
     

    Matthias Henze "‘Then the Messiah will begin to be revealed:’ Resurrection and the Apocalyptic Drama in 1 Corinthians 15 and Second Baruch 29-30, 49-51." Anthropologie und Ethik im Frühjudentum und im Neuen Testament: Wechselseitige Wahrnehmungen (2014)

     
     

    4Ezra and 2Baruch: The Status Quaestionis.” Pages 3-27 in Fourth Ezra and Second Baruch: Reconstruction After the Fall. Edited by Matthias Henze and Gabriele Boccaccini, with the collaboration of Jason M. Zurawski. JSJSup 164. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

     
     

    “The Chosenness of Israel in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.” Pages 170-98 in The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson. Edited by Gary A. Anderson and Joel S. Kaminsky. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013.

     
     

    “The Use of Scripture in the Book of Daniel.” Pages 279-307 in A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism. Edited by Matthias Henze. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Some Observations on the Hazon Gabriel." 

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Torah and Eschatology in the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch." The Significance of Sinai. Traditions about Sinai and Divine Revelation in Judaism and Christianity (2008) : 201-15.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Invoking the Prophets in Zechariah and Ben Sira." Prophets, Prophecy and Prophetic Texts in Second Temple Judaism (2006) : 169-183.

     
     

    "From Jeremiah to Baruch: Pseudepigraphy in the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch." Biblical Traditions in Transmission: Essays in Honour of Michael A. Knibb (2006) : 157-177.

     
     Book reviews
     

    Journal of Religion 90 (2010) 65-66

     
     

    Shofar 28/3 (2010) 159-161

     
     

    Dead Sea Discovery 17 (2010) 120-122

     
     

    Journal for the Study of Judaism 41 (2010) 407-408

     
     

    AJS Review 32 (2008) 175-77

     
     

    Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009), 86.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "R.G. Kratz, Das Judentum im Zeitalter des Zweiten Tempels." Journal for the Study of Judaism, 38 (2007) : 122-24.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "S. Beyerle, Die Gottesvorstellung in der antik-jüdischen Apocalyptik." Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 69 (2007) : 349-50.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "C.L. Seow, Daniel." Hebrew Studies, 45 (2004) : 101-103.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "J. Frey and H. Stegemann, ed., Qumran kontrovers." The Studia Philonica Annual, 16 (2004) : 20-22.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Rivka Nir, The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Idea of Redemption in the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch." Review of Biblical Literature (2004)

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    Matthias Henze "The Parables of Enoch in Second Temple Literature: A Response to Gabriele Boccaccini." Enoch and the Messiah Son of Man: Revisiting the Book of Parables (2007) : 290–98.

     
     Dictionary or Encyclopedia Entries
     

    Matthias Henze "“1 Baruch;” and “2 Baruch.” ." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (2016) : 132-133.

     
     Other
     

    Matthias Henze "Nebuchadnezzar's Madness (Daniel 4) in Syriac Literature." The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception (2001) : 2.550-72.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "The Ideology of Rule in the Narrative Frame of Daniel (Daniel 1-6)." Society of Biblical Literature 1999 Seminar Papers (1999) : 527-39.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "The Narrative Frame of Daniel: A Literary Assessment." Journal for the Study of Judaism, 32/1 (2001) : 5-24.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Bookreview of Michael Fishbane, The Exegetical Imagination: On Jewish Thought and theology." Modern Theology, 16 (2000) : 258-60.

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Nebuchadnezzar's Animalization (Dan 4) in Syriac Literature." The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception (forthcoming)

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Book Review of A. Wysny, Die Erzahlung von Bel und dem Drachen: Untersuchungen zu Dan 14 (SBB 33, Stuttgart, 1996)." Review of Biblical Studies, 2 (1999)

     
     

    Matthias Henze "Book Review of Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament. Vol. 8, second edition." Hebrew Studies, 39 (1998) : 193-95.

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    At the conference It’s About Time! Rethinking Temporality in Early Judaism. University of Toronto, Canada

     
     

    Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio

     
     

    The Nangeroni meeting John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism. Camaldoli, Italy

     
     

    ""King Manasseh of Judah in Early Jewish and Christian Literature. Brite Divinity School." Fort Worth, Texa.." (May 14, 2014)

     
     

    "“Jeremiah and Baruch in 2 Baruch.” Joint paper with Liv I. Lied. At the conference Jeremiah’s Scriptures: Production, Reception, Interaction, Transformation. Ascona, Switzerland.." (June 24, 2014)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    The Mandelbaum House at the University of Sydney, Australia

     
     

    "“Dimensions of Time in the Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel;” Universidade de Brasília. Brasília, Brazil.." (August 19, 2014)

     
     

    "“The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and Christian Origins: 2 Baruch and the New Testament.” Universidade de Brasília. Brasília, Brazil.." (August 21, 2014)

     
     

    "“The Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel.” Humboldt University. Berlin, Germany.." (November 15, 2014)

     
     

    "“The Covenant with the Gibeonites in Joshua 9: On the Aesthetic and Theological Significance of Biblical Violence”." (02/26/2012)

     
     

    ""The Conseptualization of Time in Early Jewish Apocalyptic Literature." The University of Toronto, Canada.." (March 7, 2011)

     
     

    "Ancient Judaism in History and Literature." Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas. (October 4-7, 2006)

     
     

    "The Literary Prophets and the Para-Prophetic Texts from Qumran." International Society of Biblical Literature, Edinburgh, Scotland. (July 3, 2006)

     
     

    "Reading the Prophets in the Second Temple Period: The Appeal to the Prophets in Deutero-Zechariah and Ben Sira." Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta. (November 24, 2003)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    The Mandelbaum House at the University of Sydney, Australia

     
     

    The Alan Crown Memorial Lecture. The Mandelbaum House at the University of Sydney, Australia

     
     

    The Mandelbaum House at the University of Sydney, Australia

     
     

    “Jewish and Christian Responses to the Roman Destruction of the Temple.” Brite Divinity School. Fort Worth, TX. April 24, 2013.

     
     

    “Toward a History of Early Jewish Literature: 2 Baruch in the Context of Early Jewish and Early Christian Literature.” Yale University. April 28, 2013.

     
     

    "“A Dead Sea Scroll on Stone? The Gabriel Revelation and Its Significance.” Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Fort Worth.." (07/24/2012)

     
     

    "“Christian and Jewish Responses to the Roman Destruction of the Temple.” University of Queensland. Brisbane, Australia.." (09/21/2012)

     
     

    "“Eschatological Perspectives: Resurrection in Second Baruch.” Anthropologie und Ethik im Frühjudentum und im Neuen Testament. Conference at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.." (05/19/2012)

     
     

    "“Paul’s Messianic Expectations: Christ’s Parousia in 1 Corinthians and the Messiah in 2 Baruch.” Macquarie University. Sydney, Australia.." (09/12/2012)

     
     

    "“The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible.” The Council of Christians and Jews. The Great Synagogue, Sydney, Australia.." (09/13/2012)

     
     

    ""Daniel's First Readers." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.." (November 21, 2011)

     
     

    "Die Parousie im Ersten Korintherbrief und der Messias in der syrischen Baruchapokalypse." Invited talk at the University of Greifswald, Germany.

     
     

    "Messianic Endings: Christ's Parousia in 1 Corinthians and the Messiah in Syriac Baruch." Invited talk at the University of Durham, UK.

     
     

    "Why Should We Read the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha?" Invited talk at the Universty of Groningen, NL.

     
     an invited lecture
     
     

    "The Other Synoptic Problem? 2 Baruch and 4 Ezra." The Annual Meting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, MA. (November 22, 2008)

     
     

    "'A Lamp Lit at Sinai': Torah and Eschatology in 2 Baruch." University of Durham, and Universlity of Manchester, England, University of Durham, England, UK. (July 4, 2007)

     
     

    "Daniel and Jubilees." The Fourth Enoch Seminar, Camaldoli, Italy. (July 9, 2007)

     
     

    "The Parables of Enoch in Second Temple Jewish Literature." The Henoch Seminar, Camaldoli, Italy. (June 8, 2005)

     
     

    presenter.  "Apocalyptic Thought in Early Syriac Literature: The Place and Context of 2 Baruch." Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Mass.. (October 15, 2004)

     
     

    "The Dead Sea Scrolls." Houston. (Fall 2004)

     
     

    "Enoch's Dream Visions and the Visions of Daniel." The Enoch Seminar, Venice, Italy. (July 1-5, 2003)

     
     

    "The Apocalypse of Weeks and the Architecture of the End Time." The Enoch Seminar, Venice, Italy. (July 1-5, 2003)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    Keynote at the Fellowship for Biblical Studies National Conference. Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne, Australia

     
     

    Keynote at the 2016 Enoch Graduate Seminar. The University of Texas at Austin.

     
     

    “The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Eastern Michigan University. Ypsilanti, Mich. October 7, 2013.

     
     

    ""Second Baruch and Fourth Ezra: The Status Quaestionis." Keynote Address at The Sixth Enoch Seminar. Milan, Italy.." (June 26, 2011)

     
     

    "Der neugefundene Gabrieltext und seine Bedeutung für die zwischentestamentliche Literatur." Keynote address at the 40. Internationale Ökumenische Konferenz der Hebräisch-Dozenten/innen. University of Rostock, Germany.

     
     Lectures
     

    “Cyrus, the Anointed of the Lord: The Cyrus Cylinder and the Bible.” The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. May 19, 2013. 

     
     

    “Egypt in the Bible.” The Houston Museum of Natural Science. October 1, 2013.

     
     

    "“The Gabriel Revelation: A Recently Discovered Inscription.” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, Dallas, TX." (03/10/2012)

     
     

    ""Jewish Apocalypticism in Ancient Israel." Tolle Lege Lecture Series, Rice University.." (January 31, 2012)

     
     

    "Apocalyptic Appropriation of ancient Near Eastern Mythology in Daniel 7–12." The Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA. (November 20, 2007)

     
     

    "Baruch and the Decline of Apocalypticism." Rice's HRC, Rice University. (October 13, 2006)

     
     Other
     

    ""'The Offerings of My Lips': Psalms at Qumran." The Rockwell Colloquium: The Dead Sea Scrolls, Rice University. (February 10, 2001)

     
     

    "The Reception History of the Biblical Psalter at Qumran." Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Annual Meeting, Irving, Texas. (March 18, 2001)

     
     

    "The Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (November 19, 2001)

     
     

    "'With the Kisses of His Mouth:' The Song of Songs in Early Christian Literature." The Candler School of Theology, Emory University (invited talk), Atlanta, GA. (January 27, 2000)

     
     

    "Patristic Interpretations of the Composition of the Psalter." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. (November 20, 2000)

     
     

    "Psalm 90 in Gregory of Nyssa's Inscription of the Psalms." Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Annual Meeting, Irving, TX. (March 4, 2000)

     
     

    "A Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel (Harvard Ms Syriac 42)." Syriac Symposium III, Notre Dame University. (June 18, 1999)

     
     

    "The Epistemology of Wisdom: Paradox as Paradigm in Qohelet and Ben Sira"." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. (November 22, 1999)

     
     

    "The Ideology of Rule in the Narrative Frame of Daniel." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Metting, Boston, MA. (November 22, 1999)

     
     

    "Authoritative Literature at Qumran: Daniel Revisited." Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Orlando, FL. (23 November, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    "Review panel of Matthias Henze, Jewish Apocalypticism in Late First Century Israel: Reading Second Baruch in Context. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Chicago.." (11/19/2012)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    "Qumran Wisdom, Post-Qumran Apocalyptic: The Book of Mysteries, 4 Ezra, and 2 Baruch." Seminar presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Bblical Literature, Atlanta, GA.

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor, Textual History of the Bible. Brill Academic Publisher. (2016 - 2016)

     Associate Editor, Journal of Biblical Literature. (2009 - 2009)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biblical Literature. (2012 - 2013)

     Associate Editor, Textual History of the Bible. Brill Academic Publishers. (2014 - 2014)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biblical Literature. Society of Biblical Literature. (2010 - 2010)

     Editor, Journal of Biblical Literature. (2005 - 2005)

     Editor at Large, HENOCH. (2005 - 2005)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Daewoong Kim, PhD The Use of Scripture in the Book of Daniel. (2012) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Humanities Research Center Faculty Teaching Release Fellowship, Rice University, Humanities Research Center (Fall 2016)

     Sir Asher Joel Visiting Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Macquarie University (September 2012)

     Fellow-in-Residence at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Wassenaar, NL, for the academic year 2009/10, The Dutch Government (2009/10)

     George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (May 2010)

     George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (May 2009)

     Fellow–in–Residence for the academic year 2009/10 at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Wassenaar, The Netherlands, The Dutch Government (2009/2010)

     Humanities Research Center. Faculty Teaching Release Fellowship, Rice University (Spring semester 2008)

     NEH Visiting Lecturer on Ancient Judaism, Amarillo College (October 4-7, 2006)

     Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, Rice University (May 2003)

     Watt J. and Lilly G. Jackson Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Rice University (July 1)

    Positions Held
     Mandelbaum Scholar in Residence, University of Sydney, Australia, University of Sydney, Australia. (2016 - 2016)