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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].
Ancient Judaism, Rabbinic Thought and Literature, Medieval Judaism, History of Jewish Theology, Jewish Biblical Interpretation, Modern Jewish Thought
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
Awards and Honors
Additional Campus Affiliations
Associate Professor, Program in Medieval Studies
Associate Professor, Classics
Weiss, D. Y. (2019). Legends of rabbi akiva: New "biographies" and a hermeneutical study. Review of Rabbinic Judaism, 22(1), 121-125. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700704-12341353
Weiss, D. (2017). Sins of the parents in rabbinic and early christian literature. Journal of Religion, 97(1), 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1086/688993
Weiss, D. Y., Green, W. S. (Ed.), Porton, G. (Ed.), Avery-Peck, A. (Ed.), & Chilton, B. (Ed.) (2016). A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner. Review of Rabbinic Judaism, 19(1), 162-166.
Weiss, D. Y. (2016). In God's Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism by Yair Lorberbaum. Journal of Religion.
Weiss, D. (2016). Pious irreverence: confronting God in rabbinic Judaism. (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion). University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.