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Steven P. Weitzman

Position: 

Daniel E. Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion in the Department of Religious Studies;
Director, Taube Center for Jewish Studies; by courtesy in the Department of Classics

Contact Information: 

sweitzma@stanford.edu Bldg 70, Room 71L 650-721-2059

Biography: 

Specializes in the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Jewish culture in the Hellenistic-Roman period. Recent publications include Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity (Harvard University Press, 2005); Religion and the Self in Antiquity (Indiana University Press, 2005); The Jews: A History (Prentice Hall, 2009); and Solomon: the Lure of Wisdom (Yale University Press, 2011). Many of his courses focus on the Hebrew Bible and its role in shaping later religion and culture, and and on Jewish culture in the Hellenistic-Roman period, but he also enjoys teaching courses that introduce great texts from other times and places, including a Thinking Matters course entitled "Ultimate Meanings" and a freshman introductory seminar that explores various representations of the afterlife. He also serves as the director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies and as the director of undergraduate studies for the Religious Studies department.