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.
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 https://relse.org/
- Co-editor, with Samuel Adams and Greg Schmidt Goering, Sirach and its Contexts: The Pursuit of Wisdom and Human Flourishing. JSJSup 196. Leiden: Brill, 2021.
- Co-editor, with Stefan Beyerle, Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature. Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming (2021).
- Co-editor, with Dylan Burns, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.
- “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
- The Dead Sea Scrolls
- Second Temple Judaism
- REL2210: Introduction to the Old Testament (Honors)
- REL3224: The Hebrew Prophets
- REL2210: Introduction to the Old Testament
- REL3209: The Dead Sea Scrolls