Matthew Goff

Professor of Religion
Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Matthew Goff

Contact Information

Religions of Western Antiquity
Office Location
116 Dodd Hall
Resume / CV
Office Hours

By appointment only 


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. 

Recent Conferences

Prof. Goff is co-hosting with Prof. Joseph Hellweg the 2021-22 Southeastern Regional SBL.AAR meeting.  For more information about this meeting, see here

Recent Books

Recent Articles

  • When Monsters Walked the Earth: Giants, Monster Theory, and the Reformulation of Textual Traditions in the Enochic Book of the Watchers,” Journal of Gods and Monsters 2 (2021): 39-57. 
  • “The Act of Reading Sirach as a Generative Context For Jewish Liturgical Poetry and Sirach Itself,” in Sirach and its Contexts: The Pursuit of Wisdom and Human Flourishing,  240-261.
  • “Deep Time, the Monstrous, and the Book of the Watchers in the Hellenistic Age,” in Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature.
  • “It Didn’t Happen the Way Moses Said It Did: Exegesis, Creativity, and Enochic Traditions in the Apocryphon of John,” in The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices.
  • “Jewish Scrolls, Monastic Codices, and Material Philology,” in The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices.
  • “The Pursuit of Wisdom at Qumran: Assessing the Classification ‘Wisdom Literature’ and its Application to the Dead Sea Scrolls,” in The Oxford Handbook of Wisdom and the Bible (ed. W. Kynes; Oxford, 2021), 617-34.  

Research and Teaching Specializations

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


Fall 2021
  • REL2210: Introduction to the Old Testament (Honors)
  • REL3224: The Hebrew Prophets
Spring 2022
  • REL2210: Introduction to the Old Testament
  • REL3209: The Dead Sea Scrolls