Greg Schmidt Goering

Associate Professor

Gibson Hall, S-365

Office Hours:

On leave for Spring 2017


  • BA, Bethel College
  • BS, Bethel College
  • MDiv, Harvard University
  • ThD, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Wisdom literature in ancient Israel and Second Temple Judaism
  • Religion and the senses
  • Religion and the body
  • Election in Second Temple Judaism
  • Israelite prophets
  • Newer approaches to the study of the Hebrew Bible (cultural anthropology, cognitive linguistics, embodiment, phenomenology, intersectionality)
  • Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation in antiquity and modernity
  • Identity formation in antiquity
  • Judaism in Latin America

Most of my research and writing aims to interpret ancient Jewish wisdom literature. I am particularly interested in how ancient Jewish sages inculcated wisdom bodily in their students by educating the senses and thereby constructing a sensorium. My current monograph Wisdom in the Flesh aims precisely to describe such a moment in the cultural history of the senses by taking the book of Proverbs as a case study. In addition, I am currently writing a commentary with Matthew Goff on the Wisdom of Ben Sira for the Illuminations Commentary Series.


  • The Nature and Nurture of the Senses
  • Sensing the Sacred: Sensory Perception and Religious Imagination
  • Israelite Prophets
  • Elementary Classical Hebrew I and II
  • Intermediate Classical Hebrew I and II

Selected Publications

  • Wisdom's Root Revealed: Ben Sira and the Election of Israel. JSJSup 139. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
  • “Honey and Wormwood: Taste and the Embodiment of Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs.” HeBAI 5 (2016): 23-41.
  • “Attentive Ears and Forward-Looking Eyes: Disciplining the Senses and Forming the Self in the Book of Proverbs.” Journal of Jewish Studies 66, no. 2 (2015): 242–64.
  • “Intersecting Identities and Persuasive Speech: The Cases of Judah and Esther.” Biblical Interpretation 23 (2015): 340–68. doi: 10.1163/15685152-00230A03
  • “Creation, Torah, and Revealed Wisdom in Some Second Temple Sapiential Texts (Sirach, 4QInstruction, 4Q185, and 4Q525): A Response to John Kampen.” In Canonicity, Setting, Wisdom in the Deuterocanonicals: Papers of the Jubilee Meeting of the International Conference on the Deuterocanonical Books, edited by Géza G. Xeravits, et al., 121–44. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.
  • “Sapiential Synesthesia: The Conceptual Blending of Light and Word in Ben Sira’s Wisdom Instruction.’ In Cognitive Linguistic Explorations in Biblical Studies, edited by Bonnie Howe and Joel B. Green, 121–43. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.