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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

Compulsory courses: 20 EC

Common Course: The Commentary: Paratexts and Metatexts 10
Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10

Elective: select 10 EC from the following courses

Reading Source Texts 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10
Language Contact 10

Second semester

Research School Elective: 5-10 EC

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

Electives: select from the following courses (25 EC)

Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10
Aramaization of Assyria 10
The unification of the Mediterranean 10

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

Compulsory courses: 15 EC

MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5
Common Course: The Commentary: Paratexts and Metatexts 10

Research School Elective(s): 5-10 EC

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

Electives: select 10 EC from following courses

Comparative Semitics 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10

Second Semester

Compulsory courses: 30 EC

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

Extra curricular courses

The courses below are offered by the Classics and Ancient Civilizations program (or related programs), and are accessible for all students in the (Research) MA program Classics and Ancient Civilizations. The courses are not part of the Hebrew and Aramaic Studies program, 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 5
Introduction to Middle Egyptian and the Hieroglyphic Script 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5
Core Course Medieval and Early Modern Studies 5/10

Second semester

Intermediate Sumerian 5
Lactantius, De mortibus persecutorum and the Enemies of Christianity 10