Philip Zhakevich is a lecturer of Hebrew in the NES department. His research focuses on Classical Hebrew and other ancient Semitic languages. Prior to joining the NES department, Zhakevich served as lecturer of Hebrew at Columbia University. He has also taught Hebrew at the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Texas in Austin.
Zhakevich received a B.A. with a major in History and a minor in Hebrew from UCLA in 2006; and in 2008 Zhakevich obtained an M.A. in the Bible and the Ancient Near East at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2015, he completed a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Comparative Semitic Languages at UT Austin. His research interests include Modern Hebrew and Classical Hebrew, the revival of Hebrew, Epigraphy, Hebrew Bible, comparative Semitics, and linguistics. His first book, Scribal Tools in Ancient Israel: A Study of Biblical Hebrew Terms for Writing Materials and Implements (Eisenbrauns - Penn State University Press, 2020), examines the technology of writing as it existed in ancient Israel.