Dov Weiss

 Dov Weiss

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Department of Religion
3021 Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Assistant Professor
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Biography

Dov Weiss is an Assistant Professor ofJewish 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 most 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]. His first book, Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism,  was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press

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

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Divine Concessions in the Tanhuma Midrashim Harvard Theological Review 108 1 2015, p. 70-97. PDF.
Salvation through Children in Rabbinic Thought Milin Havivin 3 2007, p. 1-15.
Sin of Protesting God In Rabbinic and Patristic Literature AJS Review 39 2 2015, p. 367-392. Online PDF.
The Sins of the Parents in Rabbinic and Patristic Literature Journal of Religion 97 1 2017, p. 1-25.
The Rabbinic God and Medieval Judaism Currents in Biblical Research 15 3 2017, p. 369-390.

Encyclopedia Entries

Korah in Rabbinic Judaism Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception [EBR] vol. 15 Berlin de Gruyter 2017.
Albo, Joseph Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR) vol. 1 Berlin de Gruyter 2009.
Apostasy in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR) vol. 2 Berlin de Gruyter 2009.
Kingdom of God in Rabbinic Judaism Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception [EBR] vol. 15 Berlin de Gruyter 2017.

Reviews

Socratic Torah: Non-Jews in Rabbinic Intellectual Culture by Jenny Labendz. Journal of Religion 94 3 Source Author Jenny Labendz, 2014, p. 392-395.
Anachronism and Authority The Memory of the Temple and the Making of the Rabbis by Naftali Cohn. H-Net Reviews Source Author Naftali Cohn, 2013.
A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner edited by William Green, edited by Gary Porton, edited by Aln Avery-Peck, edited by Bruce Chilton. Review of Rabbinic Judaism 19 1 Edited by William Green, Edited by Gary Porton, Edited by Aln Avery-Peck, Edited by Bruce Chilton, 2016. Review of Rabbinic Judaism.
In God's Image: Myth, Theology and Law in Classical Judaism by Yair Lorberbaum. Journal of Religion 97 3 Source Author Yair Lorberbaum, 2017, p. 428-430.

Book Contributions

Lawsuits with God in Rabbinic Literature The Divine Courtroom in Comparative Perspective edited by A. Mermelstein. Lawsuits with God in Rabbinic Literature Edited by A. Mermelstein, Leiden Brill 2014, p. 276-288.
The Last Will and Testament of Hatam Sofer (1839) [Annotated Translation] Jew in the Modern World The Last Will and Testament of Hatam Sofer (1839) [Annotated Translation] New York Oxford University Press 2011, p. 196-199.
The Manifesto of Ultra-Orthodoxy (1863) [Annotated Translation] Jew in the Modern World edited by Paul Mendes-Flohr, edited by Judah Reinartz. The Manifesto of Ultra-Orthodoxy (1863) [Annotated Translation] Edited by Paul Mendes-Flohr, Edited by Judah Reinartz, New York Oxford University Press 2011, p. 224-229.
The Rabbinic Doctrine of 'The Righteous One Decrees and God Fulfills' Black Fire on White Fire edited by D Goodman. The Rabbinic Doctrine of 'The Righteous One Decrees and God Fulfills' Edited by D Goodman, New York KTAV 2017, p. 162-184.
Olam Haba in Rabbinic Literature: A Functional Reading Olam ha-zeh v'olam ha-ba: This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice edited by L Greenspoon. Olam Haba in Rabbinic Literature: A Functional Reading Edited by L Greenspoon, West Lafayette Purdue University Press 2017, p. 91-103.

Books

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Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press 2017. Amazon.