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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

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

See the information page for more details on the program or visit our website.

First year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

Common Course "Cultural Contacts": Remembering the Dead. Concepts and Practices around Death, Burial and Afterlife in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures 10

Electives: select from the following courses (20 EC)

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

Second semester

Research School Courses (ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations) 5/10

Electives: select from the following courses (25 EC)

The Qumran Community 10
Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5
Common Course "Cultural Contacts": Remembering the Dead. Concepts and Practices around Death, Burial and Afterlife in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures 10

Research School Elective(s)

Research School Courses (ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations) 5/10

Electives: select from following courses (10 EC)

Comparative Semitics 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10

Second Semester

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 25
Thesis Presentation and Research Proposal 5

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

Core Course Medieval and Early Modern Studies 5/10

Second Semester