George M. Smiga, S.T.D. is a nationally known author and lecturer in scripture and homiletics. A priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, he serves on faculty of St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, Ohio. He received his doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1985. He is author of Pain and Polemic: Anti-Judaism in the Gospels published in 1992 and The Gospel of John Set Free: Preaching Without Anti-Judaism published in 2008 (both by Paulist Press). He has contributed to Pondering the Passion: What’s at Stake for Christians and Jews (Sheed & Ward, 2004) and Mel Gibson’s Bible: Religion, Popular Culture, and “The Passion of the Christ” (University of Chicago Press, 2006). His article on “Caravaggio” is published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Art (2015). In 2009 he was the Walter and Mary Tuohy Professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He writes a monthly column for Living With Christ (Bayard) and contributes regularly to Give Us This Day (Liturgical Press). His upcoming book is Angels in the Bible (Liturgical Press, February 2021). His website is