Dov Yehuda Weiss

20072019
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Personal profile

Office Address

Department of Religion
3092D Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Personal profile

Dov Weiss is an Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his PhD at the University of Chicago Divinity School as a Martin Meyer Fellow in 2011 and was the Alan M. Stock Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies in 2012. Specializing in the history of Jewish biblical interpretation and rabbinic theology, Dov’s first book, Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism (University of Pennsylvania Press), won the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Scholarship. His recent articles include "Sins of the Parents in Rabbinic and Early Christian Literature" [Journal of Religion 97:1], “Divine Concessions in the Tanhuma Midrashim” [Harvard Theological Review (108:1)] and “The Sin of Protesting God in Rabbinic and Patristic Literature” [AJS Review   39:2]. 

Research Interests

Ancient Judaism, Rabbinic Thought and Literature, Medieval Judaism, History of Jewish Theology, Jewish Biblical Interpretation, Modern Jewish Thought

Education

Ph.D. (with distinction) in History of Judaism, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2011
M.A. (Modern Jewish History) Yeshiva University, 1999
B.A. (Political Science) Yeshiva University, 1995

Teaching

Honors & Awards

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Research Output 2007 2019

Legends of rabbi akiva: New "biographies" and a hermeneutical study

Weiss, D. Y., Feb 19 2019, In : Review of Rabbinic Judaism. 22, 1, p. 121-125 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Legend

Sins of the parents in rabbinic and early christian literature

Weiss, D. Y., Jan 2017, In : Journal of Religion. 97, 1, p. 1-25 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Christian Literature
Rabbinic

A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner

Weiss, D. Y., Green, W. S. (ed.), Porton, G. (ed.), Avery-Peck, A. (ed.) & Chilton, B. (ed.), Feb 2016, In : Review of Rabbinic Judaism. 19, 1, p. 162-166

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

In God's Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism by Yair Lorberbaum

Weiss, D. Y., Apr 2016, In : Journal of Religion.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Pious irreverence: confronting God in rabbinic Judaism

Weiss, D., 2016, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc. 304 p. (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Activities 1995 2015

  • 12 Invited talk
  • 8 Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

Varieties of Theological Confrontation

Dov Yehuda Weiss (Speaker)
Oct 22 2013

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Exegetical Ethics in Ancient Judaism

Dov Yehuda Weiss (Speaker)
Apr 25 2013

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Confronting the Rabbinic God: Ethics and Theology in Ancient Judaism

Dov Yehuda Weiss (Speaker)
Jan 31 2013

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Religious Ethics and Ancient Judaism: Challenges and Transformations

Dov Yehuda Weiss (Speaker)
Nov 16 2011

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Harry Starr Fellow

Dov Yehuda Weiss (Recipient)
2012

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively