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Steven L. Jacobs
Associate Professor
Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies

Genocide and Holocaust Studies, Religion and Violence, History of Judaism, Ancient Israelite Religion, Hebrew Bible, Modern Religion and Politics in the Middle East

office phone: (205) 348-0473
office: Manly 201

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Steven Leonard Jacobs joined the Department of Religious Studies as Associate Professor and Aaron Aronov Chair of Judaic Studies on January 1, 2001 and received tenure as of August 2004. He received his B.A. from Penn State University; and his B.H.L., M.A.H.L., D.H.L., D.D., and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. A resident of Alabama for more than three decades, he has taught at Spring Hill College, Mobile; University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University, Birmingham; the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Calhoun Community College, Huntsville; as well as serving congregations in Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville.

Dr. Jacobs' primary research foci are in Biblical Studies, translation and interpretation, including the Dead Sea Scrolls; as well as Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

His books include Shirot Bialik: A New and Annotated Translation of Chaim Nachman Bialik's Epic Poems (1987); Raphael Lemkin's Thoughts on Nazi Genocide: Not Guilty? (1992); Contemporary Christian and Contemporary Jewish Religious Responses to the Shoah (2 volumes, 1993); Rethinking Jewish Faith: The Child of a Survivor Responds (1994); The Meaning of Persons and Things Jewish: Contemporary Explorations and Interpretations (1996); The Holocaust Now: Contemporary Christian and Jewish Thought (1997); The Encyclopedia of Genocide (2 volumes, 1999, Associate Editor); Pioneers of Genocide Studies (2002, Co-editor); and The Biblical Masorah and the Temple Scroll: An Orthographical Inquiry (2002); Dismantling the Big Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2003); Post-Shoah Dialogues: Re-Thinking Our Texts Together (2004).

His professional and civic involvements include the Alabama Holocaust Commission; Board of Advisors, The Center for American & Jewish Studies, Baylor University, Waco, TX; International Editor, The Papers of Raphael Lemkin; International Advisory Board of the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia; Editorial Board, "Studies in the Shoah," University Press of America, Lanham, MD; Editorial Board of Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History and Science, Monkton, MD; Educational Consultant to the Center on the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Philadelphia, PA; Board of Advisors of The Aegis Trust for the Prevention of Genocide, England; and Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Courses Taught

REL 100 Intro to the Study of Religion

REL 101 Violence and the Sacred

REL 110 Intro to the Old Testament
REL 223 Holocaust In Historical Perspective
REL 224 Judaism
REL 238 Philosophies of Judaism

REL 371 Antisemitism and the Crises of Modernity

REL 332 Figures In Contemporary Jewish Thought
REL 347 Jewish-Christian Relations

REL 410 Religion and Genocide

REL 419 Myth, Ritual, and Magic

REL 490 Capstone Seminar

A recent copy of his cv can be found here (PDF).