Steven P. Weitzman | Publications

Articles and Chapters

(* signifies an essay appearing in a refereed journal)

“Receiving the Queen of Sheba,” Cantor Arts Center Journal (forthcoming in 2013)

*“Mediterranean Exchanges: A Response to Seth Schwartz’ Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society” (Jewish Quarterly Review, forthcoming in Fall, 2012).

*”Jewish Mimics and Mimic Jews in Antiquity: a Non-Girardian Approach to Mimetic Rivalty”, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 77 (2009): 922-940.

*“Warring Against Terror: The War Scroll and the Mobilization of Emotion,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009): 213-241.

*“Reopening the Gates of J.Z. Smith’s Temple: To Take Place in the light of New Historicism,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion  76 (2008): 766-773.

*“On the Political Relevance of Antiquity: a Response to David Goodblatt’s Elements of Ancient Jewish Nationalism,” Jewish Social Studies 14 (2008): 165-171.

*“Rebuilding the Tower of Babel,” Jewish Quarterly Review 98 (2008): 103-112.

*“Before and After the Art of Biblical Narrative,” Prooftexts 27.2 (2007): 191-210.

“New Light on God’s Opacity,” Shai le-Sara Japhet: Studies in the Bible, its Exegesis and its Language (eds. M. Bar-Asher, E. Tov, D. Rom-Shilony, and N. Wazana; Jerusalem: Mossad Bialik, 2007), pp. 369-380.

“Unbinding Isaac: Martyrdom and its Exegetical Alternatives,” Contesting Texts: Jews and Christians in Conversation about the Bible (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007), pp. 79-89.

“Sensory Reform in Deuteronomy,” in D. Brakke, M. Satlow and S. Weitzman, Religion and the Self in Antiquity, pp. 124-39.

*“Josephus on How to Survive Martyrdom” Journal of Jewish Studies 55 (2004): 230-45.

*“Plotting Antiochus’ Persecution,” Journal of Biblical Literature 123 (2004): 219-34.

*“King David’s Spin-Doctors” (review essay), Prooftexts 23 (2003): 365-76.

“Myth, History and Mystery in the Copper Scroll,” The Idea of Biblical Interpretation (edited by J.Newman, H. Najman and J. Kutsko; Leiden: Brill, 2003), 239-255.

*“The Samson Story as Border Fiction,” Biblical Interpretation 10 (2002): 158-74.

*“From Feasts into Mourning: The Violence of Early Jewish Festivals,” Journal of Religion 79 (1999): 545-65.

*“Forced Circumcision and the Shifting Role of Gentiles in Hasmonean Ideology,” Harvard Theological Review  92 (1999): 37-59.

*“Reopening the Case of the Suspiciously Suspended Nun in Judges 18:30” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 61 (1999): 448-60.

*“Why Did the Qumran Community Write in Hebrew?”, Journal of the American Oriental Society 119 (1998): 35-45.

“The Orientalization of Prosimetrium: Prosimetrium in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Literature.” In Prosimetrium: Crosscultural Perspectives on Narrative in Prose and Verse (eds. J. Harris and K. Reichl; Great Britain: Boydell and Brewer, 1997), pp. 225-247.

*“Revisiting Myth and Ritual in Early Judaism,” Dead Sea Discoveries 4 (1997): 21-54.

*“Allusion, Artifice and Exile in the Hymn of Tobit,” Journal of Biblical Literature 115 (1996): 49-61.

*“The Shifting Syntax of the Numeral in Biblical Hebrew: a Reassessment,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies (1996): 177-185.

*“David’s Lament and the Poetics of Grief in 2 Samuel,” Jewish Quarterly Review 85 (1995): 343-60.

*“Lessons from the Dying: the Role of Deuteronomy 32 in its Narrative Setting,” Harvard Theological Review 87:4 (1994): 377-393.

*“The Song of Abraham,” Hebrew Union College Annual 65 (1994): 21-33.

Reviews, Encyclopedia Articles, Translations, On-line Publications

“The Second Temple Period: a Bibliographic Essay.” With Tim Debold. Oxford Bibliographies Online (ed. David Biale; Oxford University Press; 2012).

“The Fool’s Gold of Ophir,” posted on the Bible and Interpretation Website, posted August, 2011:

The articles “The Copper Scroll” and “Violence (Religious and Otherwise)” for the Dictionary of Early Judaism (eds. J. Collins and D. Harlow; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010).

Review of Melanie Knowles, Centrality Practiced: Jerusalem in the Religious Practice of Yehud and the Diaspora in the Persian Period, in Journal of Religion 88 (2008): 95-96.

Review of John Barclay, Negotiating Diaspora, in Studia Philonica Annual (2007): 219-220.

Review of Brian Britt, Rewriting Moses: The Narrative Eclipse of the Biblical Text, in Journal of Religion 86 (2006).

Review of Ronald Hendel, Remembering Abraham: Culture, Memory and History in the Hebrew Bible, in Association for Jewish Studies Review 30 (2006).

“The Role of Jewish Studies Programs,” Torah at the Center 9  (2006): 18.

“Jewish Studies at Indiana University,” AJS Perspectives (2006): 10-11.

Review of Meir Sternberg, Hebrews Between Cultures, in Jewish Quarterly Review 94 (2004): 537-541.

Review of Esther Menn, Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38) in Ancient Jewish Exegesis, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 119 (1999). 515-16.

Review of E. Werblowsky and G. Widodor (eds.), The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion, in Hebrew Studies (1998).

Review of Dennis Olsen, Deuteronomy and the Death of Moses, in Theology Today (1995), p. 303.

Review of Rex Mason, Preaching the Tradition: Homily and Hermeneutics after the Exile, in Journal of Religion 72.1 (1992): 93-5.

The articles “Heshmon” and “Sitnah” for The Anchor Bible Dictionary (ed. D. Friedman; New York: Doubleday, 1992), vol. 3 p. 184 and vol. 6 p. 54.

Translation from Hebrew into English of “The Temple in the Restoration Period: Reality and Ideology,” by Sara Japhet, Union Seminary Quarterly Review 46 (1991): 195-251.