The purpose of What Matters to Me and Why is to encourage reflection within the Stanford community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University.
Steven Weitzman is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion, Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies and Roble Hall Resident Fellow. A Harvard-trained scholar of the ancient Near East, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies, his research focuses on the origins of Jewish culture, a topic which includes the Hebrew Bible and early post-biblical Jewish texts like the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is also interested in broader themes in the study of religion--religious violence, supernatural experience, and the relationship between scholars of religion and the non-academic world. His recent publications include a co-authored history entitled the Jews (Prentice Hall, 2009) and a biography of King Solomon (Yale, 2011), and he is currently writing a history of the biblical miracle.
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