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Matthew Goff

Associate Professor of Religion


Departmental Area: Religions of Western Antiquities
Research Areas :Wisdom Literature; Apocalypticism; The Dead Sea Scrolls; Second Temple Judaism

Address: Department of Religion
641 University Way / P.O. Box 3061520
The Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520
Office: M06 Dodd Hall
Email: mgoff@fsu.edu
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Curriculum Vitae


I joined the faculty of the FSU Religion Department in Fall 2005. I offer courses in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism. I completed an M.T.S degree in 1997 at Harvard Divinity School and I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2002. I studied under John Collins and wrote a dissertation on 4QInstruction, the longest wisdom text of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This document is the best example available of a sapiential text with an apocalyptic worldview. Working on this composition developed my interest in the intersections between the wisdom and apocalyptic traditions in early Judaism.

I was awarded a grant from the Humboldt Foundation (Forschungsstipendium für erfahrene Wissenschaftler) and spent the 2013-14 academic year at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, working on a book on giants in ancient Judaism. For an FSU story on this grant, click here.


Recent Articles

Research and Teaching Specializations

  • Wisdom Literature
  • Apocalypticism
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Second Temple Judaism


Recent Courses

Fall 2014

RLG6298                 Scriptures  

Fall 2012

REL2210 Introduction to the Old Testament
The word “Bible” is derived from the Greek word “biblia” which means “books.” While revered as a single book, the Bible is a collection of many texts that were composed by different authors at different times for different reasons. This course is an introduction to the critical study of this assorted literature and the world in which it was produced. We will examine individual texts of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament within their historical contexts while taking into consideration other methodological approaches such as literary criticism and theology.

REL3209 The Dead Sea Scrolls
In this class we will analyze key manuscripts of the Qumran corpus. We will focus on issues such as the history, beliefs and praxis of the Jewish sectarian movement that is associated with the scrolls, the archaeology of the Qumran site and the significance of the scrolls for understanding Second Temple Judaism.