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Andrea Weiss, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Bible

HUC-JIR/New York

Rabbinical Program, New York
Academic Field: 
Bible and Cognate Studies

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Dr. Andrea Weiss serves as Associate Professor of Bible at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York and received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (URJ Press, 2008), which won the Jewish Book Council's 2008 Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award.

Selected Publications and Edited Works
The Torah: A Women's Commentary

The Torah: A Women's Commentary, ed. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea L. Weiss (New York: URJ Press, 2008).

Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative

Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative: Metaphor in the Book of Samuel, Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 107 (Leiden: Brill, 2006).

"By Women, About Women, For Women? -- A New Torah Commentary for a New Millennium," co-authored with Jason Kalman, in a volume marking the 100th anniversary of Women of Reform Judaism, (Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives, forthcoming).

"Figures of Speech: Biblical Hebrew," in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

"Motives Behind Biblical Mixed Metaphors," in Making a Difference: Essays on the Bible and Judaism in Honor of Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, ed. David J.A. Clines, Kent Harold Richards, Jacob L. Wright (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012).

"From 'Mixed Metaphors' to 'Adjacent Analogies': An Analysis of the Poetry of Hosea," in Built by Wisdom, Established by Understanding: Essays on Biblical and Near Eastern Literature in Honor of Adele Berlin (Bethesda: University Press of Maryland, 2013).

"Poetry, Biblical," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

"A New Approach to Metaphor in Biblical Poetry," in Mishneh Todah: Studies in Deuteronomy and Its Cultural Environment in Honor of Jeffrey H. Tigay, ed. Nili S. Fox, David A. Glatt-Gilad, Michael J. Williams (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009).

"Biblical Poetry," in The Jewish Bible: A JPS Guide (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2008; reprint of the introductory article in Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible).

"Poetry, Biblical," in Encyclopedia Judaica, eds. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. 2nd ed. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007).

Introduction to Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible, ed. Rena Potok (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2006; revised version of the Encyclopaedia Judaica article).

"Teaching the Preaching of Isaiah," Homiletix e-Forum (Spring, 2006), Academy of Homiletics.

"Canon and Curriculum: How We Choose What We Teach," co-authored with William Cutter, Religious Education 93 (1998) 82-101.

"In Gratitude for Light and Fire," in Jewish Spiritual Journeys, ed. Lawrence A. Hoffman and Arnold Jacob Wolf (West Orange, NJ: Behrman House, Inc., 1997).

"Female Imagery in the Book of Isaiah," CCAR Journal, Winter 1994

"From Disease to Dialogue: An Introduction to Jewish-Muslim Dialogue," in Shalom/Salaam: A Resource for Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, ed. Gary Bretton-Granatoor and Andrea Weiss (New York: UAHC Press, 1993; Translated into Arabic, 1995).

"Creative Readings of the Covenant: An Interfaith Approach," Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Summer-Fall 1993.

Public Lecture Topics
Opening the Door to the Deep -- The Legacy of The Torah: A Women's Commentary
The Poetry of Torah: Voices from The Torah: A Women's Commentary
Intermarriage, Homosexuality, and Gender: How Reform Jews Read the Torah Today
Bitter to Sweet: Why Torah Study Matters
Trends in Biblical Translation: Forcing a Nightingale to Imitate a Coocoo
Strange Fire and Troubling Texts
The Potential Power of the Psalms: Ancient Words, Modern Wisdom
Power, Passion, & Politics: What Can We Learn from King David?
Turn It and Turn It Again: Uncovering Female Imagery for God in the Hebrew Bible
A Light Unto The Nations": Prophetic Context, Contemporary Relevance
Let Justice Roll Like Water: Prophetic Roots of Modern Day Social Action
Who Knows Ten? -- New Insights on the Ten Commandments
What's So Funny About the Book of Esther?