Associate Professor of Old Testament
B.A., University of California – Los Angeles
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
Th.M., The Master’s Seminary
M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A.M., Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Born in the former USSR, Dr. Zhakevich and his family immigrated to the USA and settled in Los Angeles, CA, where he grew up and has been part of Grace Community Church since 1990. He became a believer at age seventeen and has done much studying in various parts of the world: he studied at UCLA and TMS in LA; Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia; Hebrew University in Jerusalem; the University of Vienna in Austria; Goethe Institute in Berlin; and Harvard in Boston.
While pursuing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, Dr. Zhakevich taught courses in Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic, and Rabbinic Aramaic. He also served with the Friends of Israel as a representative and a volunteer for nearly ten years, both in the USA and in Israel.
In 2016 Dr. Zhakevich joined The Master’s Seminary faculty as an Associate Professor of Old Testament. His current research focuses on the rabbinic interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, particularly as expressed in the Aramaic translations known as the Targumim. His teaching interests include exegesis of various books of the Hebrew Bible, Jewish interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, Hebrew grammar, and Aramaic grammar.
More about Dr. Zhakevich
If you could be anyone from any time period, who would it be and why?
I’d love to be any person who met, heard, and followed Jesus during His time on earth.
What did you want to be when growing up?
For some time I wanted to be a lawyer; and I think I achieved this goal, in part, since I get to study the Torah—the Law of God.
Any random facts you could share with us?
I am a morning person. I love coffee and breakfast burritos. I iron only the front part of my shirts.
What is your favorite book of the Bible or favorite passage and why?
The Joseph Narrative! It’s a story of a simple kid who is transformed into a man of God through various trials, and who is used by God to shape the history of Israel and the surrounding nations.