Dean of Holy Transfiguration College & Associate Professor of Old Testament and Syriac Studies
Michael Wingert, Ph.D.
Dr. Wingert’s research focuses on ancient medicine, Semitic scriptural literature, the linguistic and philological background to Semitic languages in contact with neighboring speech communities, Northwest Semitic epigraphy, the philosophy of language, and ancient Near Eastern religions. At UCLA, Wingert developed a course for undergraduate students on the origins of medicine based on ancient Assyro-Babylonian and Egyptian medicine. Additionally, he was the lead research assistant on the Sinai Palimpsests Project for the UCLA Digital Library’s partnership with the Early Manuscript Electronic Library, a project that digitizes and recovers the washed away texts from the library of St. Catherine’s monastery in the Sinai of Egypt. At Agora University, Wingert teaches Introduction to the Old Testament, Suffering and the Scriptures, Healing and the Word, and electives in Syriac studies. In addition to his appointment at Agora, Wingert serves on the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal committee for missions and has previously served on the advisory board for the Assyrian Arts Institute. He speaks Sureth (known by scholars as Northeastern Neo-Aramaic) with his family and is an advocate for the preservation of indigenous languages and cultures in the Middle East and beyond.