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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

Hebrew and Aramaic Studies is a specialization of the Master’s program in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Master program 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 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 four tracks:

Please consult the information page for more details on the program and visit our website.


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Students choose 30 ec in total (February 2016 start: 10 ec).

Reading Source Texts 10
Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10
Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10

Second semester

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (incl. seminar) 20

Elective: select one of these courses:

Northwest Semitic Epigraphy 10
The Qumran Community 10
Language Contact 10

Extra curricular

The courses below are offered by the specializations Assyriology, Classics (History) and Egyptology, and are accessible for all students in the (Research) MA program Classics and Ancient Civilizations. The courses are not part of the regular MA program of your own specialization, but can be taken as extra curricular courses.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 10
Introduction to Middle Egyptian 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5

Second Semester

Between Jerusalem and Rome: Judaism and Christianity in the First Century 10
Priests and Temples: Babylonian Religion in Practice 10
Trade and Economy in Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia 10