Richard D. Weis
A.B., University of Michigan, 1971
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1974
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School, 1986
D.D. honoris causa, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 2011
Joined the faculty in 2011.
Ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in 1974, and now a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Dr. Weis served pastorates in New Jersey and California, and has been parish associate for congregations in New Jersey and Minnesota. Throughout his subsequent career in theological education, Dr. Weis has been active in regional manifestations of the church, and has been in demand as a teacher and preacher. While in graduate school he also served as the director of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont, CA.
Prior to coming to Lexington Theological Seminary, Dr. Weis served on the faculties of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, NJ (1987-1998) and the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, NJ (1998-2011). At New Brunswick Seminary he taught the introductory course in Old Testament, Hebrew, Hebrew exegesis, and a variety of topical courses including courses on the Prophets, Jeremiah, Feminist/Womanist Interpretation, and the city and the Hebrew Bible. At United he taught similar courses as well as the basic course introducing students to theological reflection.
During four of his eleven years at New Brunswick Seminary, Dr. Weis led the school for four years as Dean of the Seminary. He was instrumental in adapting the seminary’s programs to meet the needs of Korean and Korean-American students and churches in the New York-New Jersey area.
He was called to United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities to be the sixth Dean of the Seminary in the school’s history. He was the second longest serving dean in the history of United, with 13 years in that role. During that time he led United through major revisions of curricula, leading to significant, measurable improvements in outcomes for students, and he oversaw the establishment of new programs in pastoral formation, lay leadership education, and youth ministry. He led the school in taking its first steps into online education. During this time he was also a key contributor to work to help the United Church of Christ implement multiple paths of preparation for ordination.
Dr. Weis is a scholar of international reputation, specializing in textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and the study of the book of Jeremiah. He is the only one of the nine general editors of Biblia Hebraica Quinta from an American institution. Published by the German Bible Society, this ground-breaking new edition of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, represents a revolutionary advance over previous editions of its type, and will provide the Hebrew text of the Bible used by the next generation of scholars, translators, pastors and students. In addition to his publications in textual criticism, Weis is immersed in a multi-pronged project on the book of Jeremiah, which ultimately will issue in three separate books: the volume on Jeremiah in Biblia Hebraica Quinta, a commentary on Jeremiah for the Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series, and a commentary on the ancient Greek translation of the book for the SBL Septuagint Commentary.