Master of Studies in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman Period

  • 1. Before admission to the course, candidates must satisfy the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies that they possess the necessary qualification in the Hebrew language to profit by the course. Those wishing to take options (e) or (f) must show evidence of their knowledge of Greek.

  • 2. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of study in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman Period.

  • 3. Syllabus

    There will be four Units. [For students starting from MT 2015: Each unit is examined by a written paper.]

  • Unit (i) Essay questions on Jewish history and institutions from 200 BCE to 135 CE.

  • Units (ii), (iii) and (iv) Prescribed texts. Select one paper for each unit from the following list:

    • (a) Dead Sea scrolls

    • (b) Mishnah

    • (c) Midrash

    • (d) Targum

    • (e) Septuagint

    • (f) Hellenistic Jewish literature

      (g) Any other subject approved by the Board.

  • [For students starting before MT 2015: 4. Lists of set texts must be submitted to the Faculty office by Friday of seventh week of Michaelmas Term and will be reported to the Faculty Board's second meeting of Michaelmas Term.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2015: 4. Lists of set texts must be submitted to the Faculty office by Friday of Week 7 of Michaelmas Term.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2015: 5. Every candidate will be examined by oral examination unless he or she shall have been individually excused by the examiners.] [For students starting from MT 2015: 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.