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
Iosif Zhakevich joined The Master’s Seminary faculty in 2016.
Born in the former USSR, he 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. While pursuing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, Iosif 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.
Iosif's 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.