F. Jacobs - Middle Eastern Archaeologist, Professor of Religion
Dr. Jacobs is a specialist in Old Testament literature, biblical history and Near Eastern archaeology. Before coming to Mississippi State University he served for 14 years on the faculty of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, and in the fall of 1986 was Visiting Professor in the Tuohy Chair of Interreligious Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. In 1988 he joined the MSU faculty as Head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and remained in that post until 2001. He is currently Professor of Religion in the department. Dr. Jacobs has wide experience as a field archaeologist, participating in 1972-73 as an Assistant Field Supervisor for Phase II work of the Hebrew Union College excavations at Tell Gezer in Israel. Since 1976 he has been a Field Supervisor and member of the Senior Staff of the Lahav Research Project's excavations at Tel Halif. In 1992 he became a co-director of the Project's Phase III excavations. In addition he also served as a Field Director for the Caesarea Vault Project excavations at Caesarea in 1995 and has participated in several projects in Mississippi and the southeastern U.S. In support of his archaeological field research and publication work Jacobs has pioneered efforts to employ computer based technologies in archaeology. His work in this area includes the development of the "Digmaster" database for Lahav Project materials for the Cobb Institute's website. He also applied a full scale program of digital recording to field work during the 1999 season at Tel Halif and continues to explore the potential of digital technologies for more thorough on-line presentation of archaeological data.