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Weitzman, Steven 1965-

Works: 23 works in 108 publications in 1 language and 8,485 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Academic theses  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Contributor
Classifications: BS580.S6, 909.04924
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Most widely held works about Steven Weitzman
Most widely held works by Steven Weitzman
Song and story in biblical narrative : the history of a literary convention in ancient Israel by Steven Weitzman( )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 2,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journeying from ancient Egyptian battle accounts to Aramaic wisdom text to early retellings of biblical tales in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish-Hellenistic literature, and rabbinic midrash, Steven Weitzman follows the history of the use of song in biblical narrative from its origins as a congeries of different literary behaviors to its emergence as a self-conscious literary convention. Weitzman shows that the perception among early Jews that biblical narrative was a normative text governing both religious and literary behavior played a catalytic role in transforming this practice into a distinctively "biblical" literary form. This book sheds light not only on one of the Bible's more perplexing literary traits but on literary practice in ancient Israel and shows how the changing literary expectations and religious sensibilities of readers can lead them to reimagine the texts they seek to understand
Religion and the self in antiquity by David Brakke( )

13 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many recent studies have argued that the self is a modern invention, a concept developed in the last three centuries. This text challenges that idea by presenting a series of studies that explore the origins, formation, and limits of the self within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world
Solomon : the lure of wisdom by Steven Weitzman( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tradition has it that King Solomon knew everything there was to know -- the mysteries of nature, of love, of God himself -- but what do we know of him? Esteemed biblical scholar Steven Weitzman reintroduces readers to Solomon's story and its surprising influence in shaping Western culture, and he also examines what Solomon's life, wisdom, and writings have come to mean for Jews, Christians, and Muslims over the past two thousand years. Weitzman's Solomon is populated by a colorful cast of ambitious characters -- Byzantine emperors, explorers, rabbis, saints, scientists, poets, archaeologists, trial judges, reggae singers, and moviemakers among them -- whose common goal is to unearth the truth about Solomon's life and wisdom. Filled with the Solomonic texts of the Bible, along with lesser known magical texts and other writings, this book challenges both religious and secular assumptions. Even as it seeks to tell the story of ancient Israel's greatest ruler, this insightful book is also a meditation on the Solomonic desire to know all of life's secrets, and on the role of this desire in world history. --From publisher description
Rethinking the messianic idea in Judaism by Michael L Morgan( )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the centuries, the messianic tradition has provided the language through which modern Jewish philosophers, socialists, and Zionists envisioned a utopian future. Michael L. Morgan, Steven Weitzman, and an international group of leading scholars ask new questions and provide new ways of thinking about this enduring Jewish idea. Using the writings of Gershom Scholem, which ranged over the history of messianic belief and its conflicted role in the Jewish imagination, these essays put aside the boundaries that divide history from philosophy and religion to offer new perspectives on the role and relevance of messianism today"--
The FBI and religion : faith and national security before and after 9/11 by Sylvester A Johnson( )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... the first to examine the fraught relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and religious groups in the United States in the past century. Encompassing religious organizations from established institutions to extremist groups and covering a period that includes the World Wars, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, and 9/11, this book tackles questions of importance for understanding American religion, the history of law enforcement, and the future of religious liberty"--Back cover
The origin of the Jews : the quest for roots in a rootless age by Steven Weitzman( Book )

13 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Jews have one of the longest continuously recorded histories of any people in the world, but what do we actually know about their origins? While many think the answer to this question can be found in the Bible, others look to archaeology or genetics ... in this book, Steven Weitzman takes a learned and lively look at what we know - or think we know - about where the Jews came from, when they arose, and how they came to be"--Jacket
Surviving sacrilege : cultural persistence in Jewish antiquity by Steven Weitzman( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Detecting something tenaciously self-preserving at the core of the imagination, Weitzman argues that its expression in storytelling, fantasy, imitation, metaphor, and magic allows a culture's survival instinct to maneuver within, beyond, and even against the limits of reality."--Jacket
The Jews : a history by John M Efron( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Jews: A History, 2/e, explores the religious, cultural, social, and economic diversity of the Jewish people and their faith. The latest edition incorporates new research and includes a broader spectrum of people - mothers, children, workers, students, artists, and radicals - whose perspectives greatly expand the story of Jewish life..."--Publisher description
Sing to the Lord a new song : the role of songs within biblical narrative and their resonance in early biblical interpretation by Steven Weitzman( )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Second Temple period by Steven Weitzman( )

in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom (Jewish lives) by Steven Weitzman( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Landscape of the misty eye : poems by Len Solo( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From generation to generation : the genetics of jewish populations( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

To stake a claim : the making of rabbinic agricultural spaces in the Roman contryside by John Robert Mandsager( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation argues that the prescriptions for Jewish practice and the boundaries of Jewish space in the Late Antique countryside may be considered a call by the rabbis for the transformation of a landscape filled with many different neighbors, from non-rabbinic Jews to Roman conquerors. The rabbinic sources set forth the vision for an idealized Jewish landscape filled with rabbinic Jews who manage their estates in accordance with God's will. In modern scholarship, agricultural rituals and spaces in the Mishnah and the Tosefta are often set aside in favor of consideration of urban life and society. By interrogating the importance of these spaces and their rituals, this dissertation shows that the authors of Jewish literature adopt Roman ideals of rural life but subvert those ideals to impose a specifically Jewish vernacular upon the landscape. The commitment to Biblical laws of agriculture, even in light of profound changes to the landscape wrought by Roman imperial domination, serves to challenge that domination through the assertion of distinctly Jewish agricultural spaces. In this dissertation, the halakhic reasoning and argumentation found in early rabbinic literature is analyzed through textual, literary, and spatial analysis to reveal the cultural and spatial ideals of the creators of these texts. These legal texts describe a world filled with outsiders, from Roman conquerors to Jews with different interpretations of scripture and practice: the laws of Jewish farming serve to differentiate normative Jewish practice and social structures from those others. It is the spatial aspect of agricultural life, from its fences to its regimented rows of crops that serve to physically and visually mark a Jewish space as distinct. This dissertation offers tools for spatial analysis of legal texts in rabbinic Judaism specifically and imperial spaces more broadly
Classically queer : eunuchs and androgynes in rabbinic Literature by Max K Strassfeld( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation, Classically Queer: Eunuchs and Androgynes in Rabbinic Literature, asks what we can learn about both gender and Judaism when we move beyond male and female. This study analyzes late antique legal discourse about bodies that are roughly analogous to contemporary transgender and intersex categories. The study of eunuchs and androgynes can challenge current scholarly consensus on gender in the Babylonian Talmud. The canonical status of the Talmud, and its influence on contemporary Jewish practice, means that these sixth century categories of gender continue to impact Jews today. This dissertation contextualizes rabbinic literature within the larger cultural world of late antiquity, while pairing Talmudic texts with queer theory (primarily the recent sub-field of queer temporality), intersex and transgender autobiography, and feminist scholarship on the Talmud. Feminist scholarship on the Talmud is an established sub-field, however, little of it focuses centrally on masculinity. There are excellent reasons to focus on women in rabbinic literature as a corrective to scholarship that fails to take women into account. However, the rabbinic understanding of masculinity underpins the androcentrism of the Babylonian Talmud; therefore analyses that center masculinity are crucial in fleshing out the function of gender in this canonical body of literature. This dissertation finds that the Talmud cannot be said to have a singular discourse on masculinity: from the Temple to the male householder, male bodies function as both the ideal subjects and damage-prone objects in rabbinic literature. Thus the rabbinic formulation of masculinity is fractured and multiple, and requires multiple theoretical approaches in order to produce a more nuanced portrait of the function of androcentrism. Queering gender, bodily time, and sexuality, this study argues that eunuchs and androgynes sketch the boundaries of normative masculinity in relief. In the end, far from constituting a footnote, the extended meditations in the Talmud on eunuchs and androgynes are central to the rabbinic project of (re- ) imagining a gendered legal system
Recomposed corporealities, purity, body, and self in the mishnah by Mira Balberg( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The purpose of this dissertation is to trace and analyze the ways in which the rabbis who created the Mishnah, a Palestinian rabbinic legal codex whose final compilation is dated to the first half of the third century C.E., developed a unique notion of a bodily self in their remaking of the biblical laws of purity and impurity. As I show throughout the dissertation, while the rabbis adhere to the basic scheme of purity and impurity as it is portrayed in the Priestly Code, they suggest a whole new set of principles regarding the contraction, conveyance, and management of impurity. At times these principles are not only unprecedented in the Bible, but actually run contrary to the biblical understanding of impurity as a phenomenon. These remarkable innovations, I argue, are a strong indication that the rabbis reshaped the inherited system of purity and impurity not only in an attempt to preserve it but also in an attempt to make it relevant, and to adapt it to a changing conceptual and cultural framework. By examining some of the fundamental innovations that the rabbis introduced to the system of purity and impurity that they had inherited from their predecessors, I show that questions of subjectivity and consciousness profoundly shape the concepts of purity and impurity as those are developed in the Mishnah, ultimately presenting the self as a new focal point in the discourse of ritual impurity. In particular, I emphasize the ways in which the human body, which is the main and most critical site in which the drama of purity and impurity takes place, is negotiated in the Mishnah as both subject and object, both as identical to the self and as disparate from it. Through my analysis of various themes in the mishnaic discourse of purity and impurity, I demonstrate that the rabbis constructed the daily engagement with impurity and the ongoing pursuit of ritual purity as closely reflective of one's relations with one's self, with one's human and non-human environment, and with one's body
"Blessed is he who says and does" : gender, law, and Jewish communal identity by Jessica Ann Rosenberg( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation explores the ways in which contemporary Jewish law defines women's place in the Jewish community. I carry out a close reading of recent responsa on women and public prayer, women and ritual objects, and women in the rabbinate that utilizes Ronald Dworkin's theory of law as integrity, Catherine Bell's understanding of ritual, and Pierre Bourdieu's conception of the habitus. I identify several main themes in the current halakhic attitude toward women. Women occupy an ambiguous space in this rhetoric: they are Jews, but if Jews are also defined as those obligated in all the commandments, then women are in some important sense outsiders to the 'real' Jewish community. The decisors struggle with this issue, and with the legitimacy of women's requests for greater Jewish participation. Some seek to maintain the status quo in the name of fidelity to tradition, while others ultimately grant women a limited set of new rights as exceptional individuals rather than as a group
Song and Story in Biblical Narrative: The History of a Literary Convention in Ancient Israel (Indiana studies in biblical literature) by Steven Weitzman( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From generation to generation : the genetics of Jewish populations by Noah A Rosenberg( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The hermeneutics of textual hierarchies in the Babylonian Talmud by Robert Timothy DeBold( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In this dissertation I challenge longstanding assumptions regarding the hermeneutical relationships between the various textual layers of the Babylonian Talmud, arguing that inversions of the Talmud's layered hierarchy must not be regarded as aberrant or subversive deviations from a dominant hermeneutical paradigm that is otherwise systematically maintained, but rather must be understood as a key component of the interpretive activity of the creators of the anonymous stratum. Building on a theoretical foundation constructed from observations of canonical textual interpretation more broadly considered, I examine the particular case of the Babylonian Talmud focusing on the ways in which the authors of the anonymous stratum interpret received tradition. By analyzing texts that are constructed around the use of particular repeated terminology, I show how this terminology is employed to create a rhetoric of interpretation that often masks instances in which the anonymous authors assert their own authority over that of their (ostensibly more authoritative) sources. By claiming only to recover the original meaning of statements in received tradition, the anonymous authors are able to rework and even rewrite their canonical sources without threatening the integrity of this corpus, as the authority of the anonymous authors is derived from and contingent upon the continued authority and integrity of received tradition
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Song and story in biblical narrative : the history of a literary convention in ancient Israel
Religion and the self in antiquitySolomon : the lure of wisdomSurviving sacrilege : cultural persistence in Jewish antiquityLandscape of the misty eye : poems
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Weitzman, Steve 1965-

Weitzman, Steven P. 1965-

Weitzman, Steven Phillip 1965-

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