Michael Greenwald is originally from Kingston, New York. An Associate Professor of Religious Studies, his interests nevertheless are quite eclectic. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, attended Hebrew Union College where he earned a Master's Degree in Hebrew Letters in 1973 and was ordained a rabbi in 1975. He finished his formal education at Boston University with a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins in 1989, the same year that he joined the St. Lawrence faculty.
His current research involves the completion of a book relating the collection of the documents that came to be called the New Testament and the collection of Jewish traditions in what came to be called the Mishnah with intellectual trends and structures of knowledge in the Roman Empire of the Second Century.
He regularly teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament, on the religious traditions of Judaism, religions of the Greco-Roman world, the Holocaust, and the modern history of the Middle East, the latter two dual-listed with the History Department. He has taught upper-level seminars on Jesus in the Gospels, antisemitism, and religion and theology in the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien.
An avid birder who has traveled throughout the United States and elsewhere, he has taught in the past a first-year seminar on the birds of northern New York.