Dr. Gary Porton


  • 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


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


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 on 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 widely published with most of his publications focused on Judaism in Late Antiquity.


  • Understanding Rabbinic Midrash (Ktav Pub. House)
  • The Stranger Within Your Gates (University of Chicago Press)