Master of Studies in Classical Hebrew Studies

Differences from 2014/15 to 2022/23

  • 1. Before admission to the course, candidates must satisfy the Board of the Faculty of OrientalAsian and Middle Eastern 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) 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 and will be reported to the Faculty Board's second meeting of Michaelmas Term.

  • 5.  EveryCandidates candidate willmay be examinedrequired byto oralattend examinationa unless he or she shall have been individually excused by the examinersviva. 

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