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M.A. Program in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Offered in conjunction with the Department of Bible and the Institute of Archaeology and the Ancient Near East

 

Program ID:

 

Duration: 

2 Academic Years

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Application Open: 

November 9 ,2014-May 15, 2015

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Diploma Type: 

M.A. Degree

Tuition Fee: 

$12,000 per year

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Housing: 

Available

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Scholarships: 

Available

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Academic Head: Dr. Nili Wazana

E-mail: nili.wazana@mail.huji.ac.il

 

About the program

 

This two-year program is designed for students who wish to study contemporary Biblical (Hebrew scriptures) studies, providing grounding in Biblical as well as Modern Hebrew. Students specialize in one of two tracks: 

  1. The Bible: Cultural and Historical Context. In this specialization, students study the historical, cultural, and geographical context in which the Bible was composed, as well as its impact on later cultural and historical contexts and events.  
  2. The Bible and the Ancient Near East. In addition to studying the Bible in its immediate regional context, students acquire a sound knowledge of the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including the study of Akkadian. (Students may also choose to study other ancient languages, such as Egyptian, Ugartic, or Greek.)  

Courses from the M.A. program are also open to visiting graduate students on a one year or semester basis.

 

Admission Requirements

 

Qualified students with a bachelor's degree from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and is based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students must have

  • A minimum of 3.2 ("B") grade-point average or the equivalent
  • A relevant background in Bible studies
  • Biblical Hebrew: at least one year of Biblical Hebrew. Students lacking knowledge of Biblical Hebrew must attend the intensive elementary-level summer course offered in the language at the RIS before commencing the program.
  • Modern Hebrew: be elgilble to enroll in at least levelGimelHebrew at the beginning of their first year of study. Students who have minimal or no knowledge of Hebrew (levelsAleph-Bet) must attend the Summer Ulpan. 
  • Knowledge of English: Applicants are required to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or Amir scores. The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test, and 89 on the Internet-based test.  The minimum IELTS score is 7. The minimum Amir score is 220
  • Exempted from this requirement are applicants who have completed a full degree (a minimum of four years) taught in English, at an institution of higher education in an English speaking country. Applicants who have completed a B.A. in English Language and Literature may request an exemption provided that they submit documentation from their university stating that the language of instruction is English.  
    • Note: Official documents or test results may be scanned and emailed to Gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il official documents must be submitted upon arrival.

 

 

Course of Study for "The Bible: Cultural and Historical Context"

 

The M.A. program consists of 42 credits over four consecutive semesters, including required courses in Biblical Hebrew, Akkadian, History and Culture of the Ancient Near East, and Introduction to Biblical Literature, as well as elective courses and tutorials. Group tutorials are offered in Biblical Aramaic andTargum Onqalos. 

 

First-Year Studies
During the first year of studies, students will be expected to take courses that fulfill the following distribution:

  • Biblical Hebrew – Intermediate
  • Reading Courses in Biblical Texts
  • History and Culture of the Ancient Near East
  • Introduction to Biblical Literature and Culture

Second-Year Studies 

During the second year of studies (20 credit hours), students will take the following courses:

  • Biblical Hebrew – Advanced
  • Archaeology of the Biblical Period
  • Exegesis (Midrash/Medieval Commentators) or The Bible in Western Culture
  • Reading courses in Biblical Texts

Course of Study for "The Bible and the Ancient Near East"

 

First-Year Studies

During the first year of studies (22 credit hours), students will be expected to take courses that fulfill the following distribution:

  • Biblical Hebrew – Intermediate
  • Akkadian
  • Reading course in Biblical Texts
  • History and Culture of the Ancient Near East
  • Introduction to Biblical Literature and Culture

Second-Year Studies

During the second year of studies, students will take the following courses:

  • Biblical Hebrew – Advanced
  • Second-Year Akkadian
  • Reading courses in Biblical Texts
  • Archaeology of the Biblical Period

Students in either track who wish to study an additional ancient language will, in consultation with their advisor, be able to reduce the above credit load.

 

Hebrew Requirements

 

Students will be expected to attain a sufficient command of the Hebrew language by the beginning of the second year of study (i.e., completion of level Heh) so that they may read Hebrew scholarly publications and sources during their second year. Students will be expected to complete level Vav by the end of their second year of study. The Hebrew exemption examination (p’tor) is optional for all students and is not a requirement of the M.A. degree.

 

Questions? email: gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il

 

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