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Steven P. Weitzman

sweitzma@stanford.edu
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650.721.2059

Professor Weitzman specializes in the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Jewish culture. 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 a biography of King Solomon, part of the new “Jewish Lives” series, published by Yale University Press in 2011. Many of his courses focus on the Bible and its role in shaping later religion and culture, but he also enjoys teaching courses that introduce great texts from other times and places, including a freshman introductory seminar that explores various representations of the afterlife.

Steven Weitzman is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion. Professor Weitzman received his Ph.D. from Harvard University after completing his B.A. at UC Berkeley, and spent several years teaching in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University where he served as director of its Jewish Studies program for six years. As of the fall of 2011, Weitzman begins as the director of Stanford ‘s Taube Center for Jewish Studies.