Dov Yehuda Weiss

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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 Departments of Religion, Classics and Medieval Studies 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

Associate, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Illinois (2020-2021)

NEH Summer Stipend for Rabbinic Inferno: Hell in Classical Judaism (2020)

National Jewish Book Council's “Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award” in Scholarship (2017)  

Harry Starr Fellow, Harvard University (2012)  

Martin Marty Fellow, University of Chicago Divinity School (2010-2011)

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