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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

10 EC compulsory courses:

Common course: Libraries in the Ancient World 10

Electives

Select from the following courses (10 EC):

Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10
History writing in and on the Achaemenid Empire 10

Research School Elective

Select from courses offered by National Research Schools (10 EC):

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

Second Semester

Electives

Select from the following courses:

Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10
Biblical Text in Mesopotamian Context 10

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

15 EC compulsory courses

Common course: Libraries in the Ancient World 10
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5

Electives

Select 10-20 EC from following courses:

Cultural History of Aramaic 10
Comparative Semitics 10

Research School Elective

Select from courses offered by National Research Schools (10 EC)

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

Second Semester

30 EC compulsory courses

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 10

Second semester

Intermediate Sumerian 5
Rebel, Prophet, Martyr: Jesus of Nazareth in the Context of his Time 10