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Greg Schmidt Goering

Associate Professor, Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor 2017-2020


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

Research Interests

My research interests span the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism. I combine traditional historical, literary, and philological approaches with newer methods from cultural anthropology and cognitive linguistics, as well as intersectional, sensory, and somatic analyses. 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 Biblical Hebrew I and II
  • Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I and II
  • Second Temple Judaism

Selected Publications