Iosif J. Zhakevich

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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.

Posts by Iosif J. Zhakevich

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The Supremacy of the King-Priest

Iosif J. Zhakevich | January 29, 2019

A unique quality that distinguishes Jesus as the supreme ruler is His function as a king-priest. While these two offices operated separately in ancient Israel—to administer justice in the nation and to implement accountability between the two offices—in Messiah Jesus these two offices of authority converged.

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Was Jesus a Failed Messiah?

Iosif J. Zhakevich | September 25, 2017

If we confess Jesus as Messiah, then we will serve Him as King forever. If we consider Jesus a failed Messiah, then we will be separated from Him forever.