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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): Hebrew Bible Studies

Hebrew Bible 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.

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

Click on “More information” below for more details about the programme or visit our website.

First year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

The Commentary 10

Track electives

Students may choose several of the following courses (total of 20 ECTS):

Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10
Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10
Reading source texts 10

Further track electives

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

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

Second semester

Track electives

Students may choose from the following courses (total of 30 ECTS):

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

Further track electives

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

Rabbinic and Medieval Judaism: Jewish Mysticism 5
Foundations of Early Christian Tradition 5
Hellenistic Religions: The Lives of Mani, prophet of a world religion 5
Hebrew Bible and its Reception 5

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

The Commentary 10
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 10

Track electives

Students may choose one or more of the following track electives (total of 10 ECTS):

Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10
Reading source texts 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10
Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10

Further track electives

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

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

Second semester

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

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Objectives
Structure
Specializations
Master’s thesis
Requirements for graduation
Students’ Counsellor: Hebrew Bible Studies

Objectives

The objectives of the Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations are:

• The broadening and deepening of knowledge, insight, skills and use of methodology in the field of Classics and Ancient Civilizations studies;
• The furtherance of academic and professional training; to solve scholarly problems in an independent way, critically and creatively; and to report research results with clarity both orally and in writing;
• Preparation for an academic career in universities, and/ or post-graduate education and for functions outside of academe in the public or private sector in which advanced research skills and substantial practical research experience are among qualifications required.

As a graduate of a two-year Research Master’s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme.

Structure

The Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations provides intensive and comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day research on the civilizations of Greece and Rome and the Ancient Near East. The programme introduces a wide variety of research methods: traditional philology with its intimate knowledge of languages and texts, while still indispensable, is enriched by social history and economic theory, comparative literature, the study of religion in an anthropological perspective and, of course, archaeology and material culture.

The study load runs up to 120 EC and is divided over four semesters. Apart from the obligatory core courses, a student of the Research Master programme follows a number of tracks electives within the programme. Though these track electives are shared with the 1-year Master programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations, students in the Research Master follow these courses at a more advanced level:

• Common core courses (20 EC)
• Track electives (60 EC)
• Tutorial in preparation for the thesis (10 EC)
• Thesis presentation and research proposal (5 EC)
• Thesis (25 EC)

Please visit our website (and click on your specialization in the Research Master Programme) to find more details about the structure of the programme.

Specializations

The Research Master has five specializations, all of which focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages and discussing the interpretations these texts give rise to. Ranging from the sources of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and the Roman Empire to the medieval texts in Neo-Latin, Coptic and Hebrew: Assyriology, Classics, Egyptology, Hebrew Bible Studies, and New Testament and Early Christian Studies.

The specialization Hebrew Bible Studies is taken in its broadest sense and refers to the literature and culture of Ancient Israel within its wider context (i.e., the world of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) from its emergence around 1200 B.C.E. until its disappearance as a political entity in 135 C.E. The underlying approach is strongly based on languages, chiefly Hebrew and Aramaic, but also Phoenician, Ugaritic and other small corpus languages. Nonetheless, history and material culture are also taken into account. It is not so much geared towards Theology or Old Testament Studies, but rather focuses on the languages and civilizations of ancient Syria-Palestine. Several courses, the subject of which changes yearly, are to be chosen

For more information on the other four specializations, see Classics and Ancient Civilizations research.

Master’s thesis

The thesis for the Research Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations is worth 25 EC, and contains a maximum of 25,000 words including notes, bibliography and appendices. Students who (have) start(ed) writing their thesis, should attend the seminar: Thesis presentation and research proposal.

Hebrew Bible Studies and New Testament and Early Christian Studies: The thesis must be representative of the student’s ability to acquire knowledge on any topic covered by the degree programme and to process this knowledge in an academically sound manner, as well as presenting it in writing in accordance with generally accepted academic practices. The aforementioned topic generally implies working with primary sources in the original languages.

Requirements for graduation

To complete the specialization for which you have been accepted, students will have to conclude the two common courses (20 EC). They have to accumulate 60 EC of track electives, of which a number can be replaced by a stay abroad. Further, they should have finished a thesis in their field of specialization (40 EC, including a thesis tutorial and thesis seminar).

Students’ Counsellor: Hebrew Bible Studies

Dr. M.F.J. Baasten
Phone:+31 (0)71 527 2257 / 2960
Office hours: Monday and Friday

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