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Dr. Gary Porton

Dr. Gary Porton

Dr. Gary Porton is the Sarah and Charles Drobny Professor Emeritus of Talmudic Studies and Judaism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has taught courses in the history of Judaism, religious responses to the Holocaust, American Judaism, Judaism in late antiquity, Jewish customs and ceremonies, and Jewish sacred literature. He is the author of seven books, over 35 book chapters and journal articles, and over 80 dictionary and encyclopedia articles and entries. Most of his publications focus on Judaism in Late Antiquity.

Jewish Studies

PhD, Brown University
MA, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Research interests

Jewish Studies
Jewish Professional Studies


Jewish Literatures of Late Antiquity
Varieties of Post-Biblical Judaism
Talmudic and Midrashic Sources on Conversion
Diversity and Pluralism in Jewish Civilization
Jews in Late Antiquity