Marc B. Shapiro

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Marc B. Shapiro

Marc B. Shapiro (Hebrew: מלך שפירא, born 1966) holds the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton and is the author of various books and articles on Jewish history, philosophy, and theology. His writings often challenge the bounds of the conventional Orthodox understanding of Judaism using academic methodology while adhering to Modern Orthodox sensibilities. His books Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy and The Limits of Orthodox Theology were both National Jewish Book Award finalists. Shapiro is a popular scholar-in-residence and on-line lecturer for Torah in Motion, for which he also leads Jewish history tours to Europe. He often writes for the Seforim Blog.

Shapiro received his BA at Brandeis University and his PhD at Harvard University, where he was the last PhD student of the late Prof. Isadore Twersky. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt. His father is Edward S. Shapiro who has published books on American Jewish history.

Books authored[edit]

  • Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy: The Life and Works of Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg, 1884-1966 (London, 1999)
  • The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides' Thirteen Principles Reappraised (Oxford, 2004)
  • Saul Lieberman and the Orthodox (Scranton, 2006)
  • Studies in Maimonides and His Interpreters (Scranton, 2008)
  • Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History (scheduled for March 2015)[1]
  • Ed. Kitvei Ha-Gaon Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg, 2 vols (Scranton, 1999, 2004)


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