Faculty & Staff
513-A McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0450
Jacob (Jack) Love obtained his BA at the University of Wisconsin in 1972 in History. His senior thesis The Revolt of the Jews Under Trajan 115-117 was awarded Thesis of Distinction. Jack spent a year at the Tel Aviv University (Israel) in Classical History before entering the graduate school of the University of California at Berkeley where he received his MA in Rabbinic Literature in 1976. After completing the MA and receiving Permission to Proceed to the doctorate, Jack spent two years at the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) and the Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati) in doctoral fellowships.
In 1979 Jack was offered an instructor’s position at the Lehrhaus Judaica in the San Francisco Bay Area. Intended as a brief interruption in his academic career the position blossomed into a full time job managing an extensive program of courses in Biblical and Modern Hebrew and Yiddish taught at multiple campuses throughout the region. At this time Jack wrote Understanding Classical Hebrew: A Simplified Approach which has been used by over 3,000 students in courses at Lehrhaus accredited by the University of Judaism (Los Angeles).
In 1988 Jack relocated with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan and began an alternate career as a computer programmer and later manager of one of the computing centers of the University of Michigan. During this period he continued to teach Hebrew and Jewish studies at Kehillat Israel and Shaarey Tzedek congregations (Lansing, Michigan) and Beth Israel Congregation (Ann Arbor).
Now retired from the University of Michigan, Jack is in Knoxville and returning to his first professional career. Jack’s courses in 2012/13 will be Biblical Hebrew and Introduction to Judaism.