Deborah L. Goodwin Ph.D.

Instructor Maine School of Ministry

Biography

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A native of Gloucester, Massachusetts, now a resident of Bath, Deborah L. Goodwin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. Both a first-generation college student and a self-described “late bloomer,” she returned to academic life after a varied career in non-profits and industry. While studying the New Testament in her master’s program, she became fascinated by the Jewishness of Jesus. This led her to focus on the history of the Jewish-Christian encounter when pursuing her Ph.D. Her dissertation director at Notre Dame was the late Rabbi Michael Signer; that dissertation, published as Take Hold of the Robe a Jew: Herbert of Bosham’s Christian Hebraism, is the first book-length study of an innovative twelfth-century Christian exegete who relied on Jewish sources.   Deborah recently retired from the Religion Department at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) where she taught courses on the history of Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations, the problem of evil, and “Religion and Ecology,” which focused on environmental justice and sustainability. A life-long birder, hiker, and gardener, she continues to work on the intersection of religion and climate justice.