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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): New Testament and Early Christian Studies

New Testament and Early Christian Studies is a specialization of the Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Research Master programme is unique in the Netherlands in the breadth of its subject matter, the historical periods covered and the multidisciplinary approach of its study. Characteristic for the Research Master is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations the texts allow.

The student may specialize in one of five tracks:
Assyriology
Classics
Egyptology
Hebrew Bible Studies
New Testament and Early Christian Studies

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Cultural Contact in the Hellenistic World 10

Track electives

Choose two courses (20 EC in total)

Comparative Religion: Themes and Topics in the Study of Religion 5/10
Literature and Religion of Ancient Israel 5
The archaeology of ancient religions: Paganism, Judaism, Christianity 5

Further track electives

Students may also choose one or more courses from the following list:

Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10
Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10

Second semester

Track electives

Choose three courses (30 EC in total)

Foundations of Early Christian Tradition 5
Hellenistic Religions: The Lives of Mani, prophet of a world religion 5/10

Further track electives

Students may also choose one or more courses from the following list

Hebrew Belles-Lettres 10
Advanced Aramaic 10
Northwest Semitic Epigraphy 10
Classical Ethiopic 10

Second year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Cultural Contact in the Hellenistic World 10
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 10

Track electives

Choose on course (10 EC in total)

Comparative Religion: Themes and Topics in the Study of Religion 5/10
Literature and Religion of Ancient Israel 5
The archaeology of ancient religions: Paganism, Judaism, Christianity 5

Further track electives

Students may also choose one or more courses from the following list:

Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10
Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10

Second semester

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 25
Thesis presentation and research proposal 5

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