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Leon J. Weinberger
Professor Emeritus


The Department is saddened to report that Dr. Weinberger died peacefully at Hospice of West Alabama on Monday, September 5, 2011 at age 85.

Learn more about our esteemed colleague here.


Prior to his retirement in 1999, Leon Weinberger served as University Research Professor from 1984-1999, having joined the Department of Religious Studies in 1964.

He received his B.A. from Clark University, Worcester, MA; his M.H.L. (Masters of Hebrew Literature) from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York, NY; and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Since its founding in 1969, he served as the General Editor of the much respected Judaic Studies Series of the University of Alabama Press.

During his career, Prof. Weinberger published twelve books, edited thirty-eight more, wrote more than ninety articles and book reviews in both English and Hebrew, and delivered twenty papers at conferences throughout the United States and Israel. Since his retirement, he wrote a critical edition and commentary entitled, Jewish Poet in Muslim Egypt: Moses Dar'i's Hebrew Collection, published by Brill of the Netherlands. A recipient of Research Grants from The University of Alabama, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Academy for Jewish Research, his many accomplishments are listed in such publications as Dictionary of American Scholars, Who's Who in World Jewry, Who's Who in American Jewry, and Contemporary Authors.

Prof. Weinberger was a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), having served on the last's Board of Directors.