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Steven Leonard Jacobs

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Alabama

Eradicate Hate:
2023

Steven Leonard Jacobs returned to 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 was promoted to Full Professor as of August 2017. He received his BA from Penn State University; and his BHL, MAHL, DHL, DD, and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

His primary research foci are in Biblical Studies, translation and interpretation, including the Dead Sea Scrolls; Jewish-Christian Relations; and 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, editor); 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, editor); The Encyclopedia of Genocide (2 volumes, 1999, Associate Editor); Pioneers of Genocide Studies (2002, Co-editor); The Biblical Masorah and the Temple Scroll: An Orthographical Inquiry (2002); Dismantling the Big Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2003, Co-Author); Post-Shoah Dialogues: Re-Thinking Our Texts Together (2004, Co-author); The Jewish Experience: An Introduction to Jewish History and Jewish Life (2010); Fifty Key Thinkers on Holocaust and Genocide (2012, Co-author); Lemkin on Genocide (2013, co-author); The Scripture of Ancient Judaism: A Secular Introduction (2020; Co-author); Religion and Genocide: Changing the Conversation (2022). He has also authored more than fifty referred articles in a wide variety of professional publications as well as numerous book reviews.

Steven Jacobs is also co-editor of the online database “Modern Genocide: Causes and Consequences” (ABC-CLIO) and the (2014) four-volume encyclopedia Modern Genocides: The Definitive Resource and Documents (ABC-CLIO) which has received two national awards: 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title & 2015 Outstanding Reference Source, Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association (ALA).

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My network of professionals working on countering hate in all its forms grew exponentially after attending Eradicate Hate in 2021. The myriad voices represented at Eradicate Hate, from big tech companies to academic researchers to those with lived experience, reinforced to me the importance of cross-cutting and collaborative approaches to counter hate and its devastating impacts on society. I’ve been fortunate to sustain and build those networks with many of those I met at Eradicate Hate in 2021.

Rajeev Ramchand
Rajeev Ramchand Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation