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Steven P. Weitzman

Steven P. Weitzman (650) 721-2059
Personal bio
Professor Weitzmanâ??s work centers on the Hebrew Bible and what it means for different kinds of readers. Some of his research also focuses on the literature composed in the centuries following the biblical age (the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient sources), drawing on these texts to try to illumine the origins of Judaism and western religious tradition. Professor Weitzman received his Ph.D. from Harvard University 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. At Stanford since 2009, many of his courses focus on the role the Hebrew Bible has played in the development of faith and culture, or on the foundational texts, people and ideas of Jewish culture. His teaching includes a large introductory Humanities course entitled â??Ultimate Meaningsâ??, a freshman introductory seminar that explores various representations of the afterlife., and an introduction to Judaism as a religion. Although not an archaeologist, Weitzman is also a long time collaborator with the Tel Beth Shemesh archaeological excavation In Israel, a site associated with the biblical figure of Samson. He is current director of Stanford's Taube Center for Jewish Studies and a "resident fellow" in Roble Hall. Weitzmanâ??s most recent publication is a biography of King Solomon from Yale University Press entitled Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom. Weitzmanâ??s biography explores what we know about the historical King Solomon from archaeology and other sources, but his ultimate goal is to illumine the ways in which Solomonâ??s story has impacted Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition--and shapes the pursuit of wisdom and ultimate understanding to this day.

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