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 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

Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Legends of Rabbi Akiva: New “Biographies” and a Hermeneutical Study

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Review: A. Gregerman's Building on the Ruins of the Temple: Apologetics and Polemics in Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism

    Weiss, D., Apr 2018, In : AJS Review. 42, 1, p. 219-221

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Olam Ha-ba in Rabbinic Literature: A Functional Reading

    Weiss, D., Sep 15 2017, olam ha-zeh v'olam ha-ba: This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice. Greenspoon, L. J. (ed.). Purdue University Press, p. 91-104 (Studies in Jewish Civilization).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Review: Y. Lorberbaum's In God's Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism

    Weiss, D. Y., Jul 2017, In : Journal of Religion. 97, 3, p. 428-430

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Honors & Recognition