Master of Studies in Classical Hebrew Studies

  • 1. Before admission to the course, candidates must satisfy the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies that they possess the appropriate qualifications in Classical Hebrew to profit by the course.

  • 2. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of study in Classical Hebrew Studies.

  • 3. Syllabus

    There will be four Units. Each unit is examined by a written paper.

  • Unit (i) Essay questions on the history and literature of Israel and Judah in the Biblical period.

  • Unit (ii) Prepared and unprepared Biblical texts.

  • Units (iii) and (iv) Two of the following:

    • (1) Classical Hebrew Language;

    • (2) The principles and practice of textual criticism;

    • (3) North-west Semitic epigraphy;

    • (4) Aramaic;

    • (5) Dead Sea Scrolls;

      (6) [For students starting before MT 2017: Any other subject approved by the Board. ][For students starting from MT 2017: Ugaritic;

    • (7) Any other subject approved by the Board.]

  • 4. Lists of set texts must be submitted to the Faculty office by Friday of seventh week of Michaelmas Term.

  • 5.  Candidates may be required to attend a viva.

Teaching for some options may not be available in every year. Applicants for admission will be advised of this.